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No working smoke detector in Lisbon Falls home where girls died

Jose Leiva | Sun Journal
Jose Leiva | Sun Journal
Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a residence on Summer Street in Lisbon Falls, Maine, Friday morning, March 4, 2011. The state fire marshal's office said two sisters died in the home when they were trapped in a bedroom. Their mother was treated for smoke inhalation and burns that she suffered when she tried to save them.

LISBON FALLS, Maine — The state Fire Marshal’s Office says a working smoke detector likely would have saved the lives of two young sisters who died when their house caught fire in Lisbon Falls.

Authorities say the fire that killed 11-year-old Natalie Hogan and 6-year-old Kelsey Hogan on Friday started accidentally underneath a second floor bathtub. Investigators are looking at two possible scenarios — a torch that had been used the night before to unplug the bathtub drain, and a light fixture on the first floor under the tub.

The Fire Marshal’s Office says the home had one smoke detector, but the battery had been removed.

The girls’ mother was living in the farmhouse with her six children. Four other children escaped unhurt. The mother was being treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

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