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Fatal Fire Believed To Have Been Accidental

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Cumberland’s fire chief says a blaze that killed two young sisters is believed to have started accidentally.

Cumberland Fire Chief Donnie Dunn says the exact cause has not been determined. Seven-year-old Paige M. Ford and 4-year-old Jymera Ford died in the fire early Friday morning.

Six of the occupants of the home escaped, including the girls’ mother, Tandra Ford, who was treated for smoke inhalation.

The Cumberland Times-News reported that three of the six firefighters injured battling the blaze remained on medical leave Monday. More than 100 firefighters responded to the scene.

The fire was the second fatal fire in the western Maryland city in less than six weeks.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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