Update: Cause Of Deaths Determined, Cause Of Fire Still A Mystery

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Authorities have determined the causes of death for five people found inside a rural Arlington, Iowa house destroyed by fire last month.

Ron Humphrey with the State Fire Marshal's office said 84-year-old Gil Stachar, 30-year-old James McCain, 27-year-old Amanda Smith-Miller, 4-year-old Delacisey Seales and 1-year-old Isabella Miller died of burns and smoke inhalation. They all had carbon monoxide in their systems, which indicates they were alive when the fire broke out.

Humphrey said officials may never know what caused the January 24th blaze at the two-story house. Little of the structure remains.

Arlington is about 125 miles northeast of Des Moines.

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