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11 feared dead in city house blaze

A house fire has killed 11 people, including six children, in the Australian east coast city of Logan, police and a relative of victims said.

Thirteen people were in the two-story house in suburban Kingston when the fire broke out around midnight on Tuesday, but only two men managed to escape, police Superintendent Noel Powers told reporters.

One of the men was taken to a hospital for treatment of facial burns, while the second man remained at the scene despite suffering shoulder injuries.

Police said the victims were predominantly from two families. Neighbours said they were from Tonga.

Faiumu Tafeaga said his nephew Misi Matauaina escaped by jumping from a window after his partner woke him.

Matauaina's partner and their two children, aged three and six, were unable to get out, Mr Tafeaga said.

"There was no time to go (back) into the house. He got a few burns," Mr Tafeaga said of his nephew.

Another four children - aged 11, 14, 16 and 17 - were trapped in the fire, Mr Tafeaga said.

Police did not immediately release details of the victims' ages and gender.

While multiple human remains were found in the ruins, no bodies had been removed by early on Wednesday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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