Authorities say a man, woman and young girl have been killed in an apartment fire in Missouri.

Clinton Fire Chief Leo Huff says the fire was reported around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday. He says a second story apartment in the 12-unit building was burning when crews arrived at South Third and Franklin The blaze was brought under control within about 20 minutes, and the victims were found inside.

Police have identified the victims as Taylor Briggs, 27; her daughter, Adriyana, 4; and Ernest McConvile, 45. The Clinton Fire Department said they died from smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and Huff said he didn't know where it started. One other unit in the apartment building also sustained water and fire damage.

Clinton is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City.

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