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Official: Texas motel fire started by children using lighter

9 months 13 hours 47 minutes ago Thursday, October 10 2019 Oct 10, 2019 October 10, 2019 7:54 AM October 10, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

SPRING, Texas (AP) - Fire investigators say two young children who were left alone in a suburban Houston motel room were playing with a lighter that caused a three-alarm fire , resulting in minor injuries to seven people.

Rachel Moreno, spokeswoman for the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office, said Thursday that the two children, siblings who are 3 and 6 years old, were among the seven transported for evaluation.

Moreno says witnesses reported they saw the children holding a lighter while running from a room Wednesday at the Motel 6 North just off Interstate 45 about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Houston.

Moreno says their mother had hired a baby sitter to watch the children but the sitter left the hotel room for a time.

Investigators are conferring with Harris County prosecutors about possible charges against the sitter.

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