UPDATE: Fatal Marinette Co. fire caused by lighter

UPDATED Tuesday, December 3, 2013 --- 9:42 a.m.

TOWN OF AMBERG, Wis. (AP) -- Sheriff's officials have identified the cause of a house fire that killed a 2-year-old girl in Marinette County.

Authorities say the fire that killed Lee-Ann Arendt in the Town of Amberg last week started in the basement by children playing with a lighter.

Autopsy results show the girl died of smoke inhalation. Sheriff's officials say there was a delay in finding the victim because she hid when the fire broke out. The girl's two sisters and mother escaped from the burning house.

The State Fire Marshal's Office has ruled the fire accidental.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 --- 8:19 p.m.

TOWN OF AMBERG, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities have released the name of a 2-year-old girl who died in a house fire in northeastern Wisconsin.

The Marinette County sheriff's office identifies the victim as Lee-Ann Arendt of Amberg.

Authorities say the girl's mother and two sisters were able to escape the fire safely.

Dispatchers were alerted to the fire early Tuesday afternoon.

The sheriff's office and the state fire marshal are investigating the fire.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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