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"Careless discard of smoking materials" ID'ed as cause for two, deadly fires this week

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(02/27/14) - Fire investigators have determined both deadly fires this week were caused by "careless discard of smoking materials."

Michigan State Police Specialist Sergeant Lenny Jaskulka says a cigarette in the couch likely led to a fire in Grand Blanc Monday. Seventy-nine-year-old Lois Edwards died.

"It looks as if the ignition source is a cigarette," says Jaskulka. "We found a cigarette pack on top of the couch, with cigarettes, and an ashtray adjacent to the couch itself."

Jaskulka says he saw no sign or evidence of any working smoke detectors in the home on Sawyer St., just off of Saginaw St. near downtown.

That doesn't appear to be the case, a relative said, in Flint Township at the home on Lask where 29-year-old Tiffany Dorman died early Wednesday morning.  Her boyfriend 24-year-old Charles Hughes and two children, 2-year-old Abel Hughes and 11-year-old Nicholas Terstegge, were badly injured.  At last check they were in critical condition.

Charles' aunt, Diana Hughes, has said he got a call from Dorman's phone.

"He could hear smoke detectors going off," Hughes says. "He raced back over here. The house was in flames and he had to go thru the window to get the boys out, but he couldn't find her."

Jaskulka says the cause of that fire is also "careless discard of smoking materials," but in the garage.

"I'm not saying that's a cigarette, but it is some type of smoking materials," he says. "It just took off quick. It could have been avoided by properly discarding smoking materials."

Friends and family are raising funds for Dorman's boyfriend and children. Learn more HERE.

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