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House fire in eastern Australia kills 11 from two families

A house fire in eastern Australia yesterday killed 11 people from two families, including eight children.

Three people managed to escape the fire, which broke out in the two-storey home around midnight in Logan, south of the Queensland state capital, Brisbane. The fire began underneath the house, but the cause was not immediately known.

Eight children and teenagers were among the dead, with the youngest victim aged three. ABC News reported that the two families were from Tonga and Samoa.