"SALEM, OR — The bodies of three young children and one woman were found in a burning northeast Salem home Tuesday morning, and the children's father, thought to be responsible for the deaths, was later found dead in Cottage Grove, Ore.
"The fire was reported shortly before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday when a neighbor noticed smoke coming from the home in the 2800 block of Fisher Road Northeast. As firefighters were battling the fire at the home, they found the three children and woman inside.
"Evidence suggested the victims died of homicidal violence, police said.
"Less than six hours later, and roughly 85 miles away, the children's father was found dead in a car in the Cottage Grove area. Investigators described the five deaths as a domestic-related murder-suicide.
"Investigators are still following up on leads in the case and they're not releasing the names of those who died in the fire.
"Salem police, ATF agents, Oregon State Police troopers and the Marion County District Attorney's Office are all involved in the investigation.
"Detectives are awaiting autopsy results on the bodies to determine the exact causes of death for the victims and suspect."