Officials: Candles Caused Fire That Killed 3 Children in the Bronx

New York (CNN) — A fire that swept through a Bronx apartment, killing three young brothers, was caused by a candle in the kitchen area and occurred a day after the power company cut off electricity for unpaid bills, officials said Saturday.

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The fire broke out Friday night just before 8 p.m. (WPIX)

“The account had a significant amount of arrears — well into the thousands of dollars,” Consolidated Edison spokesman Allan Drury told CNN.

“We try to avoid turning service off to customers. We’ll put them on payment plans to work with them to avoid turnoff, but this account had substantial arrears.”

Fire marshals have determined that the fire was accidental, said FDNY spokesman Daniel Glover.

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