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.

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