UPDATE: 3 displaced by Dante house fire

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Three people are without a home after a Sunday morning house fire in Dante, according to emergency officials.

Russell County EMA Director Jess Powers says firefighters responded to a home on Upper Bear Wallow Road around 10:47 a.m. The fire was called in by a neighbor, he says. 

According to Powers, three people live in the home but were not there at the time of the fire.

The Red Cross has been called in to assist the victims. 

As of 1 p.m., first responders were still on scene. 

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. 

Powers says this is the 20th house fire in Russell County so far this year. Five homes have burned in the past two weeks.

Last Thursday, a chimney fire in Honaker displaced a family of eight, including five children.

According to Powers, the county averages about 28 house fire a year. 

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