- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

CENTRALIA, Wash. (AP) - The Centralia Police Department has ruled a house fire that killed three children was accidental in nature.

The Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1R24KMd ) that according to a report released Friday, there is no indication that the March 4 house fire was set intentionally, though the official cause of the fire is undetermined.

The fire killed 7-year-old Sam Tower, 10-year-old Madeline Tower and 12-year-old Ben Tower.

The children were sleeping in upstairs bedrooms when flames tore through the home just before 1 a.m. March 4. Their mother, who sleeping on the bottom floor, was unable to reach them.

Investigators say the fire could have been caused by a compact fluorescent light bulb that malfunctioned or oily towels that spontaneously combusted. Oily towels were by the front door, near where the fire likely started.


Information from: The Chronicle, https://www.chronline.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More

Click to Hide