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Thursday, December 01, 2016 10:00 pm

ATF joins probe of deadly fire

Associated Press

FLORA – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has joined the investigation into a Nov. 21 house fire that killed four sisters.

ATF spokesman David Coulson told the (Lafayette) Journal and Courier that the agency has joined local and state authorities as they continue to look for the cause of the fire in the Clinton County town of Flora.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says the cause of fire was ruled "undetermined" last week due to the extensive amount of damage.

The fire killed 5-year-old Kionnie Welch, 7-year-old Kerriele McDonald, 9-year-old Keyara Phillips and 11-year-old Keyana Davis. Officials say the girls died of smoke inhalation. Their deaths were ruled accidental.

Their mother, Gaylin Rose, was hospitalized for several days.

Day-care provider convicted in death

Jurors in northern Indiana convicted a New Paris day care provider in the 2014 death of a 19-month-old boy in her care.

Jackie Rolston will be sentenced Dec. 29 for the death of Kirk Coleman of New Paris. Authorities ruled the boy died of blunt force injuries. The case resulted in Indiana lawmakers passing "Kirk’s Law," which calls for the creation of a public registry of individuals convicted of child abuse.

– Associated Press