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Fire that killed Bristol woman, son was accidental

Fire that killed Bristol woman, son was accidental
Created by jzimney on 12/27/2013 10:01:59 AM

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BRISTOL, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a mobile home fire that killed a northern Indiana woman and her son was an accident, although the precise cause of the deadly blaze hasn't been determined.

Elkhart County Undersheriff Sean Holmes tells The Elkhart Truth (http://bit.ly/19sC1BP ) the State Fire Marshal's investigation concluded the fire was accidental, and may have been caused by improperly disposed-of smoking materials.

Holmes says there are several possible factors that could have started the Dec. 16 mobile home fire that killed 67-year-old Cindy Kabay and her 42-year-old son, Chad Russell.

Their bodies were found near the entrance of their home in Bristol, about 10 miles east of Elkhart.

The county coroner says Russell died of carbon monoxide poisoning, while his mother died of natural causes related to a long history of health problems.

Below is the news release sent to 95.3 MNC by the Sheriff's Department:


The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office continues the investigation into the deaths of Crissinda Kabay, 66 and Chad Russell, 42 both of Bristol, IN. On 12-16-2013, at or about 7:02 AM, a fire was reported at the residence located at 526 N Arbutus, Bristol, IN.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office responded after fire units found Crissinda Kabay and Chad Russell deceased in the living area of the home. Our investigation, which includes the Fire Marshal’s report, has shown that the origin of the fire was located on the Southeast corner of the living room, and may have been caused by improperly discarded smoking material.

Medical Oxygen tanks were located in the home, however, it is unknown if they contributed to the fire.



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