Authorities: Syracuse house fire that killed 6 was accident

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say the Syracuse house fire that killed four children and two adults was an accident caused by “smoking materials” left on a porch.

Fire Chief Paul Linnertz says Thursday investigators may never know what those materials were. He also says witnesses who reported an explosion were most likely hearing windows breaking as flames spread quickly through the two-story home on the city’s north side.

Linnertz says there were no working smoking alarms.

Four children aged 7 to 13 and two adults were killed in the blaze. The victims include five members of the Anderton family and a relative.

Calling hours for the victims have been set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Thomas J. Pirro Funeral Home in North Syracuse. Funerals will be private. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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