Philadelphia apartment fire started with ignited Christmas tree, officials say

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(Reuters) -A Christmas tree that was set on fire caused a blaze in a Philadelphia apartment that killed a dozen people, including eight children, last week, the city’s top fire official said Tuesday, citing preliminary findings of an investigation. Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel, detailing early results from the probe, said investigators have ruled out all other possibilities. They also found seven smoke alarms in the apartment, while just one was activated, which came late, he said. “We believe with certainty, so 99 to 100% confidence, that the first item ignited in this blaze was …

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