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Officials say Springfield fire that killed 4 was accidental

September 7, 2021 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A July fire that killed a woman and her three children in Springfield has been ruled accidental, officials said Tuesday.

City spokesman Cora Scott said in a news release that the origin of the July 23 house fire has not been determined but the fire department has determined it was not arson.

The blaze killed Marlana Young, 40, and her children, Nevaeh Young, 13; Rapheal Young III, 11; and Samantha Young, 6.

Firefighters were able to pull the family out of the burning home but they died later at a hospital.

Officials have said the home had functioning smoke alarms.