PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Investigators say they don’t know exactly what caused a house fire that killed five people Sunday in Eastern Oregon, but it wasn’t arson caused by an accelerant or an accident in a drug lab.
Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts said Tuesday it appears the fire began on the front porch. He says there was some thought it started in a can of cigarette butts, but investigators couldn’t verify that.
The fire gutted the two-story house.
The five victims are believed to be a man, a woman and three young children. Police haven’t released their names. Autopsies are expected to begin Tuesday.
Two people survived: 27-year-old Kay Williams and 46-year-old David Erickstaed. They were hospitalized in serious condition.
Roberts says they rented the house and appear to be in-laws.