- Associated Press - Friday, April 21, 2017

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - Investigators say the exact cause of a fire that killed five children in Spearfish cannot be determined, but they have pinpointed the area where it started.

Fire investigators say the origin of the April 1 fire has been traced to a corner on the porch of the multi-family residence. A metal trash can in that area was used to collect ash and hot coals from a fireplace. Investigators also found discarded smoking materials in the area.

The Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/2oc9oWa ) reports authorities say it’s impossible to determine which items ignited the fire.

The blaze killed 6-year-old Phibie Moyer, 7-year-old Clinton Johnson, 9-year-old Rhylin Gee, 9-year-old Justice Roden and 11-year-old Tanlynn Roden.

Several adults and a 13-year-old were also in the residence, some of whom were injured and treated at a hospital before being released.



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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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