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Deadly fire started by kids playing with lighter


MADISON (WKOW) -- Marinette County Sheriff's officials say they've identified the cause of a house fire that killed a 2-year-old girl in Marinette County last week.

Authorities says the fire was started in the basement by children playing with a lighter. The State Fire Marshal's Office has ruled the fire accidental.

The fire killed Lee-Ann Arendt in the Town of Amberg. 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.

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