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Toddler dead in fire at NE Grand Rapids house

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Authorities say a 2-year-old girl died Thursday after a fire at a northeast Grand Rapids residence.

The fire was reported at about 7:29 p.m. at a home in the 200 block of Dale Street NE, west of Plainfield Avenue.

Grand Rapids Fire Chief John Lehman says the fire is believed to have started toward the rear of the building.  The girl's body was found in a rear first-floor bedroom, Lehman said.

Officials say two families live in the building, one upstairs and the other downstairs.  The upstairs residents were not home at the time of the fire.

Lehman says the two families are staying with friends and are being assisted by the Red Cross while they are displaced.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  The girl's name was not released.

This is a developing story

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