Cause of deadly blaze still unknown 2 months later


Two children were killed in a November fire at this Nineveh home, and their mother died from the injuries she suffered trying to save them. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

State investigators haven’t yet determined the cause of a fire that killed a Nineveh mother and two children more than two months ago, but when they do they will consider interviews with the 5-year-old survivor and findings from insurance company investigations.

On Nov. 22, fire burned the duplex where the Slusher-Abbott family lived and killed Hailey Slusher-Abbott, 22 months, and John Slusher-Abbott Jr., 5 months. Sirena Slusher-Abbott, 27, died three days later after suffering severe burns and smoke inhalation.

The surviving child, Alexanderia Slusher-Abbott, is in counseling. How many more times investigators talk to her depends on how the counseling goes and her father’s consent, Johnson County Coroner Craig Lutz said.

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