By Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - Seven months after three children were killed in a southwestern Ohio house fire, the cause of the blaze remains a mystery.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports (https://bit.ly/1CZ4uOj ) that while the Butler County coroner determined the children died of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide toxicity, whether the deaths were accidental remains undetermined.

Investigators from the Hamilton Fire Department and the state fire marshal’s office haven’t yet made a ruling. Neither office would say why the investigation is taking so long, or what they are waiting on to make a determination. Officials say some fire investigations can take years.

A 7-year-old boy and two sisters, ages 10 and 12, were killed in the Dec. 12 fire in their Hamilton home. Their father was treated for burns after he tried to save them.

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Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, https://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront

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