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Published July 25, 2011, 09:30 AM

Fire that killed 6 in Minnesota started by candles

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — Investigators say a fire that killed six people at a bed-and-breakfast in New Ulm was started by candles left unattended on a front porch.

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — Investigators say a fire that killed six people at a bed-and-breakfast in New Ulm was started by candles left unattended on a front porch.

The New Ulm Fire Department said Monday the fire at the Bohemian Bed and Breakfast was accidental.

The inn's owner, 48-year-old Roberta McCrea and her two daughters, 15-year-old Abby Gayle Wood, and 3-year-old Savannah Grace McCrea were killed in the July 2 fire.

Sixty-seven-year-old Andrew Uhing, of Hardington, Neb., 59-year-old Dian Lee Bergman and her 62-year-old husband, Joseph Bergman, also died in the fire. The Bergmans lived in Centuria, Wis. Four people, including Uhing's wife, Sandy, escaped the fire.

State and federal agents helped the New Ulm Fire Department investigate the cause.

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