Firefighting

Wisconsin Mother in Custody After Fatal Fire

Twin 4-year-old boys and their 5-year-old sister died in a house fire this week, and their mother is now in custody, reports the Associated Press.

No adult was home when the fire broke out Thursday afternoon at the two-story house in West Allis (WI), acting police Chief Charles Padgett said at a news conference.

He declined to give specifics about the mother’s arrest, saying only that she was being investigated as a result of the overall circumstances.

He added that she had been cooperating with the investigation.

“We’re still trying to determine the exact circumstances of this incident and the cause and origin of the fire,” he said.

The names of the mother and children have not been released, in part because authorities said they were still trying to locate the children’s father.

Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the state Department of Justice arrived Friday. Padgett said it was standard procedure for his department to involve federal officials for fire investigations. He declined to say whether authorities suspect foul play

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