The investigation into the cause of a fire that killed five people south of Sherrard on March 27 has been completed without a cause being determined.
Mercer County Sheriff's Department Detective William Glancey said in a press release that it was determined the fire started in the southwest portion of the mobile home, although an exact location could not be pinpointed.
According to detective Glancey, there was one smoke detector in the double-wide mobile home, but it was not functioning at the time of the fire.
Detective Glancey said the investigation was unable to rule anything in or out as the cause.
The five victims were Anna M. Viager, 38; her daughter, Breanna M. Viager, 8; Cassaundra 'Cassi' N. Turner, 15; Holli R. Harker, 13; and Jessica E. Harker, 11, all of rural Sherrard. The latter three were family friends on a sleepover.
The blaze started around 1 a.m. and tore through the 1,440-square-foot double-wide mobile home at 1385 300th St., leaving only metal and other bits of rubble at the scene. Anna's husband, Wayne Viager, and two sons, Dekotah and Allen, escaped. They received medical attention.