Records: Men accused in fatal Mont. fire lit apron
- Article by: MATTHEW BROWN
- Associated Press
- April 19, 2013 - 6:02 PM
BILLINGS, Mont. - Montana authorities say two men arrested in a mobile home blaze that killed four people lit an apron on fire during a party and then left.
Court documents filed Friday by Yellowstone County prosecutors say the two men thought the fire was out, and later panicked when they returned and saw the residence aflame.
Preliminary autopsy results show the victims died of smoke inhalation.
Suspects Zaccary John Kern and Robert Eric Bottenhagen, both 21 and from Billings, are being held at the Yellowstone County Jail.
They each face four counts of negligent homicide and one count of felony arson stemming from the Thursday blaze.
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Montana authorities say preliminary autopsy results show four adults whose bodies were found in a burned-out mobile home died of smoke inhalation.
Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder on Friday identified the victims as 25-year-old Donavon Fogle, 28-year-old Troy Saylor, 25-year-old Brandi Hansen Moats and 33-year-old Amber Marie Beyers. All four were from Billings.
Two men arrested Thursday night in the case face charges of negligent homicide and felony arson, although few details have been released on what happened.
Zaccary John Kern and Robert Eric Bottenhagen, both 21 and from, are being held at the Yellowstone County Jail.
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