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4 children, 2 adults die in house fire; oldest son had called 911

A Dixon family was the victim of a house fire near Chicago early Tuesday morning, the local sheriff’s department said.

Six people —Timothy Shaw, 39, Melissa Shaw, 37, Ethan Shaw, 17, LeAnne Shaw, 15, Hailey Shaw, 12 and Dylan Shaw, 11 — all died in the home of smoke inhalation, the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office said.

Ethan Shaw called 911 from his basement bedroom just after midnight, telling the operator that he was trapped in his basement bedroom.

The two-story home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived; no foul play is indicated, officials say and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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