FATAL FIRE UPDATE Investigators May Never Know What Caused Fatal Arlington Avenue Fire
Reported by: Martin Hicks
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Reported: Mar. 29, 2012 8:28 PM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
We may never know the cause of that fire that killed nine people, including seven children, in Charleston last weekend.
Investigators say there are plenty of theories on what caused the fire on Arlington Avenue last Saturday, but they say arson has been ruled out.
There's been some controversy between the landlord and investigators over exactly how many smoke detectors were in the home. Firefighters found three smoke detectors. Only one was working, but it wasn't properly installed. The landlord, Delores, Shamblin, says she had eight smoke detectors installed last November.
Fire officials say at least one candle was burning in the home the night before the fire, as family in friends celebrated Lisa Carter's 26th birthday. Carter, along with her boyfriend, Alex Seals from Pittsburgh, and seven children died in the massive blaze that quickly swept through the two story home.
A public funeral for six of those who died will be held this Saturday at 1pm at Maranatha Church.
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