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A 7-year-old boy has been killed and his teenage sisters injured in a house fire in Rhode Island.

The Providence Journal reports a police officer on patrol noticed smoke billowing from the home in Middletown early Monday morning. Officers forced their way inside and rescued the girls from the first floor.

Officers were unable to get to the home's second floor because of heavy smoke.

Responding firefighters eventually reached the second floor, where the boy was in serious condition.

All three siblings were taken to area hospitals, where the boy died from his injuries.

Police say that the children's parents were not home when the fire broke out.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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