- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Authorities say an electrical problem may have caused a fire at a home on Detroit’s east side that killed a 57-year-old woman and her 32-year-old daughter.

Fire officials are investigating Monday morning’s blaze on Wilfred Street. The Detroit News identifies the victims as Hattie Simmons and her daughter, Tonquinia Simmons.

Charles Harris tells WJBK-TV that he yelled for his family to follow him out of the burning house after his daughter ran down the stairs yelling “There’s a fire! There’s a fire!”

Harris says he tried to go back into the house when he saw no one behind him, but the intense smoke stopped him at the kitchen door.

WXYZ-TV says an electrical problem may have caused the fire.


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