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2 people found dead after fire at Seattle encampment

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Adrian Florez

The bodies of a woman and man were found after a fire at a Seattle homeless camp, fire officials said.

Crews responded to the city's Mount Baker neighborhood at around 3 a.m. Monday after receiving reports of smoke and flames at the encampment, Kristin Tinsley of the Seattle Fire Department said on the department's blog.

Firefighters saw flames 50 feet high billowing from a structure made of pallets and tarps that was fully ablaze. The fire had also spread to nearby bushes and trees.

Firefighters quickly put out the fire and then found a woman and man dead inside, she said.

Fire investigators have ruled the cause of the fire as “undetermined,” pending autopsy results.

Firefighters also searched other encampments nearby to make sure no one was suffering from smoke inhalation.

No further information was immediately released.

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