Mother and Five of Her Children Killed in Fire at Michigan Motel

Officials investigating a fire at a motel in southwestern Michigan on Saturday that killed a mother and five of her children.
Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune, via Associated Press

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

The fire swept through the Cosmo Extended Stay Motel in Sodus, Mich., at about 1:45 a.m., killing the mother and her children, ages 2 through 10, the Berrien County sheriff’s office said in a news release.

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

Her husband, Samuel Curtis, 36, and her 1-year-old daughter were staying in the same room but survived the fire, said Chief Deputy Robert Boyce, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

The family was from the Benton Harbor, Mich., area, he said.

Investigators believe the cause of the fire was accidental, the Berrien County sheriff’s office said in a news release on Saturday evening. They found no accelerants or illegal narcotic manufacturing at the scene.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Julia Jacobs