Three bodies found in Clair-Mel house fire

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Hillsborough Fire Rescue crews say they were able to quickly put out a house fire on 16th Avenue near Margaret Street in Clair-Mel, but it was clear the people inside did not die due to the flames.

Now, a death investigation is underway.

Neighbors called 911 to report the house fire.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office was not able to release any details about the identity of the victims or how they may have died.

While deputies waited for the medical examiner to arrive and for a search warrant, so they could go inside, investigators began interviewing neighbors and reviewing previous calls to law enforcement from that address.

HCSO said the home suffered significant damage, but was structurally sound.