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Prosecutor: 5 found dead after house fire in murder-suicide

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — A prosecutor says the deaths of five family members found in a burned home this week in western Massachusetts appear to be a murder-suicide.

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said at a news conference Thursday it appears as if 41-year-old Luke Karpinski killed his wife, Justine Wilbur; their 7-year-old twins; and their 3-year-old child in their Sheffield home, then set the home on fire and killed himself.

Harrington says the investigation is ongoing and did not disclose how the victims died or a possible motive.

The fire was reported just before 8 a.m. Wednesday, and the home was engulfed when fire crews arrived.

Harrington says Wilbur was found on the ground floor. Karpinski and the children were found on the second floor.

The Associated Press

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