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Fatal fire ruled accidental

Published On: Mar 19 2014 09:51:26 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 19 2014 03:16:00 PM CDT

Fatal fire in the 1900 block of Fairview Drive, Beloit

BELOIT, Wis. -

A fire that killed two people and hospitalized another in Beloit was accidental, according to the Beloit Fire Department.

Fire officials said the March 5 fire at 1950 Fairview Drive started in the dining room in the rear of the home, and could have been started by different items, including a ceiling light fixture, wiring associated with the light fixture, light bulbs or a humidifier. They have not determined which item might have caused the fire.

There were two battery-operated smoke detectors in the home, one in the basement and one on the main level of the home, authorities said.

Clint Christensen, 61, and Jamie Christensen, 33, died in the fire. Caren Christensen, 60, was treated and released from University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating, along with the state fire marshall.

As many as 30 firefighters were at the scene.

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