9 dead, including at least 6 kids, in Miss. fire

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Officials say nine people, including at
least six children, are dead in an apartment fire in Mississippi.

State fire marshal Mike Chaney says the pre-dawn fire happened
at an apartment complex on Mississippi Highway 25-South in

Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt also
confirmed the deaths. He says the fire was reported about 4 a.m.

Starkville, with about 24,000 full-time residents, is home to
Mississippi State University. The school's winter break began Dec.
19 and ends Jan. 4. The university is the state's largest, with
about 18,500 students and 1,000 faculty members.

The city is about 115 miles from Jackson, Miss., Birmingham,
Ala., and Memphis, Tenn.

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