- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - An investigator says a candle likely didn’t start a western Pennsylvania house fire that killed two young boys, despite their father’s claims to the contrary.

Cullen “CJ” Whittier has told reporters he believed the candle started the fire in his New Castle home early Tuesday. Whittier, the dead boys’ mother, two other boys - ages 6 and 2 - and a set of grandparents escaped the fire in New Castle, about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

But 5-year-old Isaiah Whittier and 3-month-old Roman Whittier did not. The cause of their deaths was pending autopsy results.

City Fire Marshal David Viggiano said it appears the fire started on an upholstered bedroom chair, though he stopped short of saying what caused it to burn.

The investigation was continuing Wednesday.

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