2 adults, 2 children dead in Napa fire

Two boys, ages 4 and 12, and two adults were the victims of a fatal fire that burned this morning in an East Napa home, officials said.

Napa fire dispatch received reports of the fire in the 1400 block of Vale Avenue at 4:51 a.m. and arrived on scene at 4:57 a.m., according to Napa fire Capt. Jim Pope.

About 25 firefighters knocked down the two-alarm blaze within minutes, and after a simultaneous search, found the four victims in a bedroom. The fire appears to have ignited in the small home's living room, Pope said.

“Four victims is very unusual,” Pope said. A fire killed three people in Napa in 2002, butPope said, “We don't see a lot of multiple fatal fire victim fires.”

Fire investigators have located one smoke detector at the residence, but have not determined whether it was functional at the time of the fire, according to the city.

Both adults, a man and a woman, and the 4-year-old child were pronounced dead at the scene and the 12-year-old was taken to and pronounced dead at Queen of the Valley Hospital. Pope said officials believe the four

victims were family members, but that information has not been confirmed.

Fire investigators will comb through evidence to search for a cause of the fire.

Pope said it's tragic incidents like this that highlight the importance of having several functioning smoke alarms in every home.

“You need more than one in your home to make your home safe,” he said.

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