EASTPOINTE, Mich. – Authorities are trying to determine the cause and origin of a house fire that killed three children in a suburb of Detroit.
Eric Keiser, Eastpointe acting director of public safety, told The Associated Press on Monday that an initial investigation has shown signs of arson, but that damage has complicated research efforts. He says fire officials are not working smoke alarms in the home, which caught fire early Saturday.
Found dead in the house were two boys — 8-year-old Zyahir Swain and 9-year-old Brendon Mahone — and a girl — 4-year-old Madison Adams. Keiser says two women who are the mothers of the children who lived there, but were not home at the time.
He says authorities are interviewing family members and neighbors, the addition of the “a very emotionally-charged, with a very tragic event.”