- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A suburban Kansas City man has been sentenced to seven years in prison after a house fire killed his 14-month-old daughter and a friend.

Thirty-five-year-old Stephen Elijah of Grandview was sentenced Wednesday in Jackson County for two counts of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child. Elijah was acquitted in May of an arson charge.

The September 2014 blaze killed 14-month-old Se’Asia Elijah and 37-year-old Anika Hobley of Kansas City. Two girls in the home escaped and alerted a neighbor.

When fire crews arrived, they found Elijah trying to put out the fire with a garden hose. He told police when he poured gasoline on a fire that was about to go out, the gas can exploded. He threw the can against a wall and the fire spread.

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