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ATLANTA -- Three members of the same family passed away in a house fire overnight.

The fire broke out shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday at a split-level house in the 3500 block of Revere Road in southwest Atlanta. It originated near the carport and spread across the attic to the rest of the house.

Family members said the victims include 81-year-old James Evans, his 76-year-old wife, Nina, and the couple's 54-year-old daughter, Diane Brooks. A second daughter was in Wisconsin when she learned of the fire. She's away serving in the Army Reserve.

An Atlanta Fire official said one of the victims was found near the door, as though that person was trying to escape.

Neighbors told 11Alive News the victims had lived in the home for about 18 years. The elderly man who lived there was bedridden. There were oxygen tanks inside the house; neighbors said they heard the tanks exploding in the fire.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but may have been sparked when lightning struck a nearby tree.

An elderly couple and their adult daughter died in a house fire in southwest Atlanta Tuesday morning. Officials believe lightning may be to blame.

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