The deadly Bronx fire that claimed the lives of 12 people in Philadelphia was most likely caused by an ignited Christmas tree.
The United States authorities revealed this on Tuesday after interviewing a five-year-old who survived the fire and therefore ruled out all other possibilities.
The Fairmount duplex, occupied by 26 people, had caught fire on Wednesday. Even though the fire was put out within an hour, 12 of the 18 residents living on the second and third floors of the complex died from smoke inhalation, including nine children.
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According to the Associated Press, authorities issued a search warrant last week and showed that they were investigating the possibility that a child could have lit a Christmas tree while playing with a lighter.
The fire commissioner, Adam Thiel said “We are left with the words of a traumatized five-year-old child, to help us understand how the lighter and the tree came together with tragic consequences.”