A 26-year-old girl and 5 of her kids have been killed in a fireplace early on Saturday morning at a motel in Michigan, the authorities mentioned.
The fireplace swept by the Cosmo Extended Stay Motel in Sodus, Mich., at about 1:45 a.m., killing the mom and her kids, ages 2 by 10, the Berrien County sheriff’s workplace mentioned in a information launch.
The police recognized the girl as Kiarre Curtis; the police earlier on Saturday recognized her as Kiarre Samuel.
Her husband, Samuel Curtis, 36, and her 1-year-old daughter have been staying in the identical room however survived the fireplace, mentioned Chief Deputy Robert Boyce, a spokesman for the sheriff’s workplace.
The household was from the Benton Harbor, Mich., space, he mentioned.
Investigators are attempting to find out how and the place the fireplace began, however the authorities consider it didn’t begin in the room the place the relations died, he mentioned.
The motel is close to a freeway in Sodus, about 200 miles west of Detroit. Twenty-seven of the motel’s 60 rooms have been occupied on the time of the fireplace.
About 90 p.c of the motel was broken by smoke, fireplace or water, the authorities mentioned.