MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities in Faribault County say four children escaped a house fire in Kiester early Friday morning.

Deputies responded to the report of a house fire at 3:31 a.m. Friday at a residence located at 201 North 3rd Street.

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There, four children were able to escape the house safely. However, several pets were found dead inside the house after the fire was extinguished.

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The four children were taken to the hospital for observation.

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The fire is being investigated and the American Red Cross was contacted to help the family with temporary housing.