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Authorities: Fire where 2 died confined to home’s kitchen

June 8, 2018

The scene of a deadly fire is cordoned off Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. (Christopher Haxel/Lansing State Journal via AP)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a mid-Michigan fire where a woman and her 5-year-old son died was confined to the kitchen of their home.

The fire burned early Thursday at LaRoy Froh Townhouses in Lansing. Fire department Capt. Steve Mazurek says Tarshrikia Beasley and her son Elijah Brown, were taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

The Lansing State Journal reports the fire took place on Beasley’s 43rd birthday. Authorities earlier had said she was 30.

Mazurek says crews arrived at the two-story building to find heavy smoke and fire. The bodies were found on the second floor.

Mazurek says a neighbor called authorities about the fire after he tried unsuccessfully to get inside. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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