Police: Children killed in Cumberland fire died of smoke inhalation, burns

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CUMBERLAND, Ind.–  The two children killed after their Cumberland condominium caught fire died from smoke inhalation and severe burns, said police.

Cumberland Police Chief Michael Crooke said authorities are still investigating Monday’s fire, stating there is “so much to sift through, probably won’t have a definitive cause this week.”

Authorities tentatively identified the deceased children as Genesis and Forest Eppert. The two were killed after their condo at the Raintree Commons Condominiums caught fire.  The children’s mother, Stephanie Eppert, her two other children and a family friend were also inside.

Stephanie Epert’s condition improved Tuesday to serious from critical condition. Her two other children and family friend did not sustain serious injuries.

The cause of the fire continues to be investigated.  However, officials said one of the children, who was autistic, liked to take the covers off of electrical outlets and play with the wires.  The fire has been ruled accidental.