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May 21, 2014

Arson ruled out in Marlow fatal fire

MARLOW — The investigation into what caused a house fire that killed two people continued on Tuesday, but Marlow Fire Chief Ryan Hall said arson has been ruled out as a cause.

 The fire, reported at 3:48 a.m. Saturday, had spread through 60 percent of the wood frame home by the time firefighters arrived, Hall said.

 “We were able to search about 35 to 40 percent before the flames took over,” he said.

  The identities of the two persons killed, a child and an adult female, have not been released by officials.

   Hall said investigators are still trying to pinpoint a cause for the blaze. A Marlow firefighter and an agent for the state fire marshal’s office returned to the charred home on Tuesday to sift through the ashes looking for clues.

 Five burned-out vehicles remain parked outside the residence at 209 E. Arapaho, along with a child’s bicycle and other remnants of the family’s life.

   The home was gutted by the fire. Hall said the survivors are staying with relatives and will be the first to be informed of the fire’s cause when it is determined.

 

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