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Four killed in East Gwillimbury fire

TORONTO – Four people have died after a early morning house fire north of Toronto on Friday.

Police and fire crews were called to the scene on Howard Avenue in East Gwillimbury at 5:30 a.m.

Neighbours who live across the street tell Global News they woke up to the sounds of a man screaming for help.

Officials say police and firefighters attempted to extract the victims from the upstairs portion of the home but were unsuccessful.

Police confirmed in the afternoon the identities of the victims as 55-year-old Kevin Dunsmuir, his 51-year-old wife Jennifer, and their sons Cameron, 16 and Robert, 19.

The eldest sibling, David, 24, was away at Brock University at the time of the fire.

“Our prayers and thoughts goes to our community, to our firefighters and to all the family that have had this loss today, it’s a very sad day in our town,” said East Gwillimbury Mayor Virginia Hackson during a press conference. “We’re a close community and we’ll work together to stay close, but it’s a very difficult time at this point.”

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The fire marshal has been called in to investigate.

VIDEO: Officials speak to the media on the East Gwillimbury house fire that killed four people.

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Firefighters attend to a fire at a home in East Gwillimbury on March 29, 2013. Jason Scott/Global News
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Firefighters attend to a fire at a home in East Gwillimbury on March 29, 2013. Jason Scott/Global News
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Firefighters attend to a fire at a home in East Gwillimbury on March 29, 2013. Jason Scott/Global News
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Firefighters attend to a fire at a home in East Gwillimbury on March 29, 2013. Jason Scott/Global News
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Firefighters attend to a fire at a home in East Gwillimbury on March 29, 2013. Jason Scott/Global News
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Firefighters attend to a fire at a home in East Gwillimbury on March 29, 2013. Jason Scott/Global News
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Firefighters attend to a fire at a home in East Gwillimbury on March 29, 2013. Jason Scott/Global News
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A row of flowers is placed in front of an East Gwillimbury home where a fire killed four people on March 29, 2013. Dave Piedra/Global News

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