Cause Undetermined in Lucan Fire that Killed 2 Young Children

Updated: 07/10/2014 1:11 PM
Created: 07/10/2014 12:46 PM
By: Megan Matthews

The cause of a southwestern Minnesota fire that killed two children in December, 2013, will remain undetermined.

The State Fire Marshal released its report on the deadly fire in Lucan, Minnesota, on Thursday. The report concludes there was too much damage inside the home to determine an exact cause.

The fire killed two young children: 7-year-old Hazel Thooft and her 4-year-old brother, Isaiah Thooft. Two adults and several other children were able to escape.

Investigators were able to determine the fire started in the main family room. There was an artificial Christmas tree in the room. The exact cause could not be determined, because investigators could not rule out two possibilities.

Deputy State Fire Marshal, Steve Kellen, said in the report, “I cannot dismiss faulty electrical equipment related to the artificial Christmas tree that was put up by the family two days prior to the fire, nor can I dismiss a child playing with an ignition source, such as a butane lighter or matches.”

Investigators say the case is closed, but it could be reopened in the future if investigators discover more information.

This Dec. 6, 2013, photo shows what was left after a fire burned a Lucan, Minnesota, home, killing two children.
Photo: KSTP/File

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