Deadly Bethlehem fire ruled an accident

April 14, 2008 1:29:58 PM PDT
Investigators say last month's fire that killed four children was accidental and no criminal charges will be filed. Fire Marshal Robert Novatnack says unattended candles ignited some papers and plastic items to start the fire.

The March 9 fire killed 5-year-old Jai-Lynn Echevarria, 8-year-old Nyasia Echevarria, 11-year-old Anthony Echevarria and 13-year-old Jonathan Echevarria.

Twelve-year-old Manny Garcia jumped from a second-floor window and spent three weeks in the hospital. Five firefighters were also injured.

Novatnack reported the cause of the fire Monday.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com


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