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Investigators work to determine cause of deadly fire

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a deadly fire that claimed the lives of 2 children Wednesday night.

According to Jonesboro Fire Marshall Jason Wills, he is using every tool available to him to investigate the fire. Wednesday afternoon, he used accelerant-sniffing dogs to assist in the investigation.

As of Thursday night, Wills said the investigation is difficult due to the extent of the damage to the Freeman Street home. He told Region 8 News that he is early in his investigation and is still trying to determine the cause.

Craighead County Coroner Toby Emerson confirmed that 4-year-old Sylar Hill and 1-year-old Dawson Popejoy died in the fire. Emerson said both bodies have been sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab in Little Rock for an autopsy.

Wills said he was not sure if the home had a working smoke detector.

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