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EAST ST LOUIS, Ill. (KSDK) -- An early Saturday morning house fire claims the life of a teenage boy.

Officials say the fire broke outjust after8:00 a.m. filling the house with smoke on North 79th Street.

Killed in the blaze was an unidentified16-year-old boy.He was found in the basement.When East St. Louis firefighters arrived there were flames shootingfrom the windows. Firefighters made the initial entry into the home shortly after arriving.

There were three adults and twochildren who lived in this home, but they were out of the home when firefighters arrived.

It tookfirefighters a little overtwo hours to control thefire. The house isdestroyed. No word on the cause of the blaze, butthe Illinois State Fire Marshall is investigating.

NewsChannel 5 will bring you more information as it becomes available.