UPDATE @ 12:56 a.m. (June 4): A lightning strike has been ruled out as a possible cause of the Michigan structure fire that left two Piqua boys dead, Raisin Twp. Fire Chief Jim Hannah said.
The township fire crew had been dispatched to the 3800 block of Black Highway just before 1 a.m. Sunday on a report of a possible lightning strike to a building, he said in a statement released Monday afternoon.
Hannah described the building as a “boarding house with an attached 2 ½-car garage” on one side. It was behind the main house off the address on Black Highway, he said.
Lightning has been ruled out, the chief said, because a check with the National Weather Service bureau showed no lightning strikes in the area after 11 p.m. Saturday.
Police from Raisin and Adrian townships found 10-year-old Landin Caudill and 14-year-old Dalton Shank, both of Piqua, in the burning structure, the chief said, noting the police report identifies Piqua as the location of their homes.
Officers and the grandparents of the boys were able to remove both victims, who died at U of M Motts Hospital in Ann Arbor.
The Raisin Twp. Fire and Police departments as the Michigan State Police are continuing to investigate the cause and circumstances of the fire.
Arrangements for the boys will be handled by Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home in Sidney.
UPDATE @ 4:44 p.m. (June 3):
The two boys who died of injuries suffered in the Michigan cabin fire are Sidney residents, according to the Shelby County 4-H Facebook site and Raisin Twp. Fire Chief Jim Hannah.
Landin Caudill and Dalton Shank were members of the Scissors to Sheep and Shelby County Shooting Sports 4-H Clubs. Both raised and showed rabbits at the Shelby County Fair, according to the 4-H page.
INITIAL REPORT (June 2)
Authorities say two boys from Ohio have died following a weekend fire at a cabin in southern Michigan.
The Daily Telegram of Adrian reports that the boys, ages 9 and 15, were from the Dayton area and were visiting with their grandparents and great-grandparents.
The boys' names weren't immediately released. The newspaper says the boys were in one cabin in Lenawee County's Raisin Twp., about 55 miles (89 kilometers) southwest of Detroit, and the adults were sleeping in another cabin at the time of the fire.
Rescuers responded around 1 a.m. Sunday after one of the adults heard what sounded like an explosion and saw flames.
Raisin Twp. Fire Chief Jim Hannah says the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it has been determined that it isn't suspicious.
Information from: The Daily Telegram, http://www.lenconnect.com
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