Candles lit deadly ablaze

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Investigators have concluded that a fatal Nineveh house fire was accidental and was started by candles in the home’s living room.

Based on interviews with witnesses, investigators said 22-month-old Hailey Lynn Slusher-Abbott was playing near multiple lit candles before the fire started, and a candle started the deadly blaze, Johnson County Coroner Craig Lutz said.

The Nov. 22 fire killed Hailey and her brother, 5-month-old John Ryan Slusher-Abbott. Their mother Sirena Slusher-Abbott, 27, tried repeatedly to reach the children who were trapped in the house and later died from severe burns and smoke inhalation.

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