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Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said Tuesday that 12 people, including eight children, were killed in a fire at a rowhouse in Philadelphia last week that started with a Christmas tree, and a child reportedly told investigators That he had accidentally set the tree on fire. lighter.

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Thiel said that after a preliminary investigation, investigators “believed with almost certainty” that the first object to ignite the fire was the Christmas tree in the residence, and the ignition source was a lighter nearby.

A 5-year-old boy who survived the fire told investigators that he accidentally set a tree on fire while playing with a lighter. philadelphia enquirer The information was given citing the police records obtained.

Thiel said investigators had interviewed the only survivor of the fire, who was on the second floor at the time of the fire — a 5-year-old child — but did not say whether the fire was accidental.

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