A family of six was killed in a fire that destroyed a house early Thursday in rural Cass County, Nebraska.
The Nebraska State Fire Marshal's Office said it could not provide a specific number of deaths. But a family member confirmed to KMTV Channel 3 that the people who were killed are Mike and Michelle Speer and their daughters Ellie, Addalin, Emma and Aniston.
The fire was reported after 12:05 a.m. at 10014 McKelvie Road, which is about six miles northeast of Weeping Water.
A neighbor who reported the fire told a 911 operator that people were in the house at the time.
Deputy State Fire Marshal Adam Matzner told the World-Herald News Service that the house was engulfed in fire and flames were coming from every window when firefighters arrived.
Firefighters "were not able to make entry," he said.
"It’s basically a two-story house,’’ Matzner said, "and it’s completely on the ground. We don’t have any walls standing."
The house was located at the bottom of a hill. Gravel roads leading to the property -- surrounded by soybean fields -- were blocked off Thursday afternoon as the investigation continued.
Firefighters from Weeping Water, Manley and Avoca plus representatives from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Cass County emergency management arrived early Thursday to find the two-story house engulfed in flames. Nehawka, Murray, Union, Louisville and Plattsmouth firefighters assisted.
Fire marshal’s investigators were investigating at the fire scene. The office said the probe will be time-consuming and will continue into the evening and possibly into Friday.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office and the Cass County Attorney's Office are assisting the State Fire Marshal's Office in the investigation.