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Father, 2 children die after Los Angeles blaze

Authorities say a father and his two children have died after being pulled from a burning residence in Los Angeles. The children's mother is in extremely critical condition.

Fire Capt. Jaime Moore says the man, believed to be in his 30s, and the children, ages 12 and 8, died Monday just hours after being found in the building,

Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says the fire was reported shortly after 4:30 a.m. in the Sylmar area of the San Fernando Valley.

Firefighters found a two-story barn-like structure consumed in flames.

The four family members were pulled from the building and rushed to hospitals.

The flames were put out in about 25 minutes.

Humphrey says the building was not equipped with smoke alarms.

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