LAKE OZARK, Mo. — Fire investigators suspect a cigarette or errant spark caused a fire that killed four brothers in Missouri.
A report from the state fire marshal’s office shows that the fire started in April after the boys’ mother and her boyfriend invited several friends over for a cookout at her Lake Ozark home. KRCG-TV reports that they used a barbecue grill and lit a fire pit to keep warm.
The boyfriend told investigators he threw a pitcher of water over two still-burning logs before they left for a bar, leaving 14-year-old Tyler Otto to watch his brothers. The fire killed Tyler, along with 8-year-old Cason, 5-year-old Max and 4-year-old Levi.
Investigators couldn’t conclusively determine a cause but narrowed it down to a discarded cigarette or sparks from the fire pit or grill.
Lake Ozark Fire Protection District confirms the four who died in overnight fire on Carol Road were children. Still not releasing names or ages but more details are expected in early afternoon press conference. @KRCG13 pic.twitter.com/vc54evEpce
— Stephanie Hirata (@s_hirata10) April 19, 2018