Cameron Police Continue to Investigate Deadly Fire

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CAMERON, Mo. — Investigators are trying to find out what started a fire that killed a man and his two young children. The fire broke out in Cameron, Mo., about 50 miles north of the metro on Friday.

Aside from the yellow police tape, it doesn’t appear that a house on E 4th Street in Cameron was the sight of a deadly fire that claimed three lives. According to Cameron Police, they were called around 4:40 p.m. on Friday where the bodies of 35-year-old Robert Borchardt and his two children, 9-year-old Chelsey Borchardt and 7-year-old Tucker Borchardt were found. Relatives say Robert and his ex-wife shared custody of the children who spent the night with their father on Thursday.

Stephen Whiteaker says the kid’s mother, Angela Borchardt was actually the person who discovered the bodies.

“The fire itself it did occur in the kitchen,” said Heath Henry with Cameron Police.

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Police say they’re not sure if someone left something cooking and that smoldered and the smoke killed everyone.

“You know we’re not making a determination as to whether there was something cooking or not we are not releasing any information in regards to that,” he said.

Police wouldn’t comment on where the bodies were found, but FOX 4 was told they were not found in their beds.

“The hardest part is discovering where they were which I’m not going to comment on that’s something I just can’t get out of my head,” Whiteaker said.

For now, relatives are trying to wrap their arms around one another and remember Chelsey who was described as a smart fourth grader. Tucker was described as a frog loving second grader and their father was a devoted dad who lived to fish.

Fire investigators say it could take weeks to determine how this fire started and what killed Robert Borchardt and his two young kids.

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