- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

WAUZEKA, Wis. (AP) - Investigators say the house fire that killed two young sisters in southwestern Wisconsin this week was accidental, but they don’t know how the fire started.

Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick released the results of a state investigation Friday. That investigation found that the fire started at the center of the home near a staircase, which prevented escaped from upstairs. But investigators could not determine how or what started the fire.

Fifteen-year-old Trinity Bartels and her 12-year-old sister, Lena, were killed in the fire at their home in the village of Wauzeka. The sheriff has said the girls’ parents were working third-shift jobs and the girls were the only ones inside when the fire was discovered late Monday.

As many as 400 people are expected to attend the girls’ funeral Saturday.



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