Fire Investigators Still Probing Blaze That Killed Two Children

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - Fire investigators in Decatur are looking into the blaze that claimed the lives of two young children almost two weeks ago.

Investigators say their probe of the March 27th fire at West Ridge Apartments has thus far failed to identify exactly what caused the blaze.

"It just troubles you when you have a fire with two children that passed away. That, certainly thats the biggest thing that makes us want to bring some closure to understanding the fire," says fire investigator Jason Jones.

Investigators have identified where the fire began, but say they need to talk to the 8 year old sibling who first alerted his parents to the smell of smoke.

"If we're able to talk with him, that can help us to see how the fire may have built to that size that quick," Jones says. He adds they hope to speak with the child soon.

Four year old Marlena Miland and her two year old brother Dexter both perished in the blaze. Investigators say it appears the fire began in the children's bedroom.

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