Cause of apartment building fire that killed young girl ‘undetermined’

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Keegan (Photo Credit: Family)

Keegan (Photo Credit: Family)

BRUNSWICK, Ohio -- Fire authorities say that for now, the cause of a fire that killed a 4-year-old girl and injured 6 others Monday night has been ruled undetermined for now.

Fire officials say the fire broke out at about 10:30 p.m. Monday at the apartment building in the 4200 block of Beverly Hills Drive.

Authorities said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that they believe the fire started outside the apartment building on the ground floor.

They do not suspect arson. In fact, they tell Fox 8's Stacey Frey the fire could have been caused by something as simple as a discarded cigarette butt. They continue to try to piece together what exactly happened.

Authorities did not release the name of the girl killed in the fire. But family members of the little girl say her name was Keegan and that she just turned four last month.

Family members say Keegan's parents were able to get her two sisters out of their apartment -- located on the bottom floor -- during the fire. They were not able to get to Keegan, however. Keegan's mother reportedly badly injured her arm trying to get through a window to her daughter.

Six other people were treated with smoke inhalation and cuts and bruises. One firefighter was promo281707129treated and released from the hospital with minor injuries.

Investigators say the fire destroyed 12 apartment units. Residents from an additional 12 units were evacuated. Twenty-four families in all were displaced from their homes.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Keegan's family.

The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced families. St. Ambrose Church is also helping to collect donations and help those involved. Officials say the biggest need at this point is gift cards and cash donations.

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