MARYVILLE (AP) - A fire that killed three people at a Maryville retirement home was traced to an electrical outlet in a bedroom, the state fire marshal's office said Thursday.
The fire was ruled an accident.
Special agent Bob Pollard said an appliance was plugged into the outlet, but investigators could not tell what kind because of the fire damage. They also could not tell whether the appliance or the wiring caused the fire.
Lucille Law, 87; Molly Wright, 84; and Rosa Cheeks, 82, died in the fire Tuesday night at Home Away From Home Inc. retirement center. Twelve other people were injured.
The probe focused on an upstairs bedroom in the converted ranch-style house built in the 1960s. The bedroom had been occupied by three of the facility's 15 residents.