MSP: Cause of quadruple-fatal fire unknown

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THREE OAKS, Mich. (WODO) — Fire investigators say they won’t be able to determine exactly what caused a Berrien County house fire that killed four people.

The fire started in the early morning hours of Feb. 6 at a residence on N. Elm Street in Three Oaks, just north of the Michigan-Indiana border. Killed were 20-year-old Anna Peek, her 19-year-old boyfriend Kyle Tyler, 77-year-old Orville Kiernan and 76-year-old Leota Kiernan.

Two Michigan State Police Fire Investigation Unit offices and insurance investigators inspected the residence on Monday. They excavated multiple rooms of the house and determined the fire sparked in either the kitchen or a storage room off the kitchen.

But, MSP said, the damage caused by the fire was so extensive that they could not determine the fire’s precise point of origin or exact cause.

The fire does not appear to be suspicious, investigators say.

The case has been forwarded to an MSP detective sergeant out of the Niles post for review.

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