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Couple with Kentucky ties and their two young children die in fire

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay funeral expenses for a family with Kentucky ties who died in a fire in Michigan.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay funeral expenses for a family with Kentucky ties who died in a fire in Michigan. GoFundMe.com

A family of four with ties to Kentucky are thought to have died in a fire Tuesday morning in Michigan.

Relatives told FOX 2 in Detroit that Brittani Rodden, 25, Jon Taulbee, 24, and their two boys, Carter, 5, and Wesley, 2, died in a fire at a home in Rose Township.

WLEX reported that the couple were from Jackson in Breathitt County.

The North Oakland County Fire Authority issued a statement saying the home was engulfed in flames with four people inside when firefighters arrived at 5:45 a.m.

Two others who had been inside were able to escape, but one of them, a 49-year-old man, was in critical condition later Tuesday, the fire authority said. He suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation.

A 35-year-old man was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The fire authority didn’t release the names of the victims Tuesday but confirmed that they were thought to be a 25-year-old woman, a 24-year-old man and their two sons, ages 5 and 2.

They said witnesses told them that the father initially escaped the fire with the other two men but went back inside to try to rescue his family.

The investigation remains open, but

“we are looking into the possibility that one of the occupants may have been using some type of flammable accelerant to stoke the fire in the wood-burning stove that was being used to heat the home, causing the fire to flash out into the living area,” the fire authority said in its statement.

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