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Officials probe Miss. apartment fire that killed 9

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a Mississippi apartment fire that killed nine people, including six children.

Neighbors say the rundown building had electrical problems, but the local fire chief says a recent inspection by a private company found no problems.

Officials and neighbors say the family - two cousins, their six children and a family friend - had nowhere else to go.

Latasha Brown, who lives downstairs, said she never heard smoke detectors. She says a neighbor banged on her door to get her and her two children out.

Brown says, "It was horrifying. I've never seen anything like it in my life."


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