Schools dismiss students after family of 6 killed in fire

PLATTE, S.D. (AP) — The superintendent of a small South Dakota school district has canceled all classes after learning that four students and their parents were killed during an early-morning house fire.

Platte-Geddes School District Superintendent Joel Bailey says local agencies informed him that the four siblings and their parents died in the Thursday morning fire. Law enforcement officials haven't released the victims' names or ages.

Bailey said all students were dismissed after school officials learned of the tragedy. The state Department of Education reports the district had 467 students enrolled as of fall 2014.

Platte Volunteer Fire Department Chief Rick Gustad says crews responded to a fire about 5:40 a.m. He said he couldn't comment on whether there were any fatalities. A message left for the local sheriff wasn't immediately returned.


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