2 children’s deaths confirmed; investigation into blaze continues

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Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that killed two children in a Nineveh home, while their mother continues to fight for her life.

Officials confirmed that John Slusher-Abbott Jr., 6 months, and Haley Slusher-Abbott, 18 months, died in the fire. Both children had been unaccounted for after the fire started Friday night. Investigators found the bodies of the two children after a search of the house, once the blaze was extinguished.

Autopsies showed the preliminary causes of death for the children were burns and smoke inhalation. That will be confirmed once pathology and toxicology reports are completed in several weeks, Johnson County Coroner Craig Lutz said.

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