Eight children and one adult died in two separate fires in Kentucky and Georgia overnight.
A blaze in a rural part of Pike County, Ky., killed four young children, ages 5, 4, 2, and 6 months, and their father, fire officials said. The children's mother was injured in the fire and rushed to the hospital. The blaze broke out around 2:30 a.m. in a home three hours southeast of Lexington in the eastern coal field area of the state, officials said.
The cause of the fire had not been determined by Wednesday morning.
In a separate fire in Conyers, Ga., four children, including an infant, died Tuesday night when a fire broke out in a duplex in the Atlanta suburb, authorities said.
Police officers arrived at the home within "30 seconds to a minute" of receiving a 911 call, Police Maj. Mike Waters told NBC News early Wednesday. However, the children -- who ranged in age from 8 months to 7 years -- could not be rescued.
"When the officers arrived, the duplex was fully involved in fire," Waters said. "They were told there might be children upstairs trapped in the fire. When they tried to rush up the stairs with their fire extinguishers, they were met with flames.
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