Investigators believe smoke detectors weren't working in Mosinee fire that killed 2

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MOSINEE, Wisconsin — Investigators believe smoke detectors were not working when a house fire in Mosinee killed a brother and sister last week.

It's unclear why 68-year-old Neatha Carwile and her 75-year-old brother, Hershel "Fred" Bauman, were unable to escape the fire. But Mosinee Fire District Chief Josh Klug tells Daily Herald Media ( ) that Bauman had physical limitations that might have made it difficult for him to get out.

Klug says Carwile was at the duplex caring for Bauman when the fire broke out Thursday.

Investigators don't know yet what caused the fire but believe it began in the kitchen.

Police say two adults and their grandchild who were in the lower apartment of the duplex were able to escape safely.

Information from: Wausau Daily Herald Media,

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