Cigarette or spark suspected in fire that killed 4 brothers

3 months 1 week 4 days ago Wednesday, June 13 2018 Jun 13, 2018 Wednesday, June 13, 2018 1:05:00 PM CDT June 13, 2018 in News
By: The Associated Press

LAKE OZARK (AP) — Fire investigators suspect a cigarette or errant spark caused a fire that killed four brothers in Missouri.

A report from the state fire marshal's office shows that the fire started in April after the boy's mother and her boyfriend invited several friends over for a cookout at her Lake Ozark home.

The boyfriend told investigators he threw a pitcher of water over two still-burning logs before they left for a bar, leaving 14-year-old Tyler Otto to watch his brothers. The fire killed Tyler, along with 8-year-old Cason, 5-year-old Max and 4-year-old Levi.

Investigators couldn't conclusively determine a cause but narrowed it down to a discarded cigarette or sparks from the fire pit or grill.

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