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5 family members die in a Riverhead fire

Paul Brennan

Five members of a Riverhead, New York, family lost their lives Tuesday night when their home was destroyed by fire.  

Five others escaped the blaze that tore through the wood-framed Victorian house built in 1905.

Officials said the building lacked smoke alarms.

Investigators have found no evidence of arson or criminal activity.

Those lost include a mother, son, daughter and two nephews.

John is a former news fellow with WSHU Public Radio.