Officials Say Cause of Fire That Killed 2 Children Was Electrical

Officials say two young boys were found in a bedroom on a third-floor apartment in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Fire officials have named a cause in a fire that killed two children have died in an early morning apartment fire in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan says the two young boys faced a "wall of flame" and were unable to escape the fire, which was accidental and electrical in nature.

The victims were found in a bedroom of a third-floor apartment in the six-unit building.

Their names and exact ages have yet to be released but they are under 10 years old.

Coan said that the fire was caused by wiring and heating in a void space between the drop ceiling and the original ceiling in the building.

The four-alarm blaze was reported at about 3 a.m. Tuesday. Video from the scene showed flames shooting out of the roof.

Coan says the cause remains under investigation, but the building had smoke alarms.

Three other residents and one firefighter were hurt.

Mayor Daniel Rivera says the city will do all it can to help the displaced families and firefighters.

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