OROFINO, Idaho - A community in north Idaho is mourning the loss of a family during a house fire this past weekend.
Five people died in Orofino when a home caught on fire early Saturday morning. Authorities think all of them died because of smoke inhalation. Three of the victims were very young, and now students at their school are remembering their classmates. The two 13-year-old boys killed in the house fire were 7th graders at Orofino High School. The 17-year-old boy also in the home and did attend the school at one point, but was not a current student. KHQ Local News Reporter Lindsay Nadrich spoke with the principal of the school as well as a crisis team set up to talk to the kids about how the huge impact this tragedy has had on the students and in the community. Walking through the halls at Orofino High School, it was clear the loss of the three boys has hit many of the students hard. The crisis team is made up of mostly teachers who have been available for students to talk to since the day of the fire and already dozens of students have met with counselors to try to come to terms with the loss. But it's not just the students who are having a hard time. All day long the crisis team and teachers were in the hallways between classes checking on students. The school principal told KHQ the goal for today was to keep classes as normal as possible to help everyone make it through the day, and for the most part it seemed to work.