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Fire marshal: Cause of fatal MO fire unknown

Posted: 5:41 AM, Sep 09, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-09 06:41:12-04

Missouri's fire marshal says investigators are not able to determine the cause of an August fire in Osage Beach that killed four children.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a fire investigator's report released Tuesday found the damage was so extensive he could not determine whether the fire was started by cigarette butts in a can or by electrical wiring from an air conditioning condenser on the condo's landing.

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The can was on the floor of the landing between the condenser and a wall.

The children killed in the fire at the Compass Pointe Condominiums ranged in age from 5 to 2.

They were in bed when the fire broke out. An adult with them escaped and said he tried to return to rescue the children but became disoriented.

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