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BRINNON, WA – A family of five are dead after the remote cabin they were staying in exploded.

Neighbors began calling 911 at around 1 a.m. Sunday to report hearing an explosion and finding the cabin was gone and that the hillside it was on was now on fire.

Seven local fire departments arrived to help put out the resulting fire, but the 250-square-foot cabin was a total loss.

Killed in the explosion were Jerry and Jenny Drake, both 42, and their three children, ages 2, 8, and 11.

Neighbors say the family had been staying at the cabin on the weekends for about the last year.

What caused the explosion has not been reported but as of right now it is being reported as an accident.

There was a propane tank at the property but it has not been determined whether the tank exploded causing the fire, or if a fire caused the tank to explode.

The Washington State Patrol Crime Lab and investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were called to the scene.

“There’s no reason to suspect foul play, but we obviously need to do a thorough investigation,” Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Haas said. “If this was a horrible accident, we want to do whatever we can to make sure this type of thing never happens again.”

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