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Five Killed in House Fire in Suburban Detroit

December 4, 1992

FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) _ A couple and their three young children were killed by a fire that swept through their house, a fire official said.

Fire Chief Gary Lohmeier said four of the bodies were found Thursday night near the home’s front and back entrances, and the fifth, that of a young child, was found in a back bedroom.

The victims were identified as Bill Yaple, 50, his wife, Diane, 36; their sons Scottie, 7, and Kenny, 2; and daughter Misty, 5.

Anthony Perry, 27, who lives across the street, said he saw flames engulfing the picture window.

″Normally there were big Christmas lights and a Christmas tree in their front window, but when I looked over there I saw nothing but big orange flames,″ he said.

Lohmeier said officials were investigating lights on the family’s artificial Christmas tree as a possible cause of the fire.

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