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Mother and 5 of her children die at Motel Fire in Michigan



A 26-year-old woman and five of her children were killed in a fire on a Saturday morning motel in Michigan, authorities said.

The fire swept through the Cosmo Extended Stay Motel in Sodus, Michigan, around 1:45 am, killing the mother and her children aged 2 to 10, Berrien County Sheriff's office said in a press release.

The police identified the woman as Kiarre Curtis; The police on Saturday identified her as Kiarre Samuel.

Her husband, Samuel Curtis, 36, and her 1-year-old daughter were in the same room but survived the fire, said Colonel Robert Boyce, spokesman for The Sheriff's Office

The family came from the Benton area Harbor, Michigan,

Investigators are trying to figure out how and where the fire started, but the authorities believe it did not start in the room. Family members died, he said.

The motel is near a highway in Sodus, about 200 miles west of Detroit. Twenty-seven of the motel's 60 rooms were occupied at the time of the fire.

About 90 percent of the motel was damaged by smoke, fire or water, the authorities said.


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