RIPLEY, Miss. — An investigator says the house fire that killed twin children in northeast Mississippi was accidental.

Tippah County Sheriff’s Investigator Billy Johnson said Monday that the state fire marshal made the accidental ruling regarding the blaze, which broke out Sunday at a mobile home east of Ripley.

The fire killed a four-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl. Johnson declined to release their names. Tippah County Coroner Chris McCallister on Sunday told WTVA-TV that the children died from smoke inhalation.

Johnson says he doesn’t know the fire’s cause. State fire marshal spokeswoman Donna Cromeans declined comment, saying the investigation is ongoing.

The children’s father was taken to a hospital in Corinth. Johnson says investigators interviewed the father Monday. Johnson says the sheriff’s department isn’t currently seeking criminal charges against the father.

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