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Investigation into deadly fire continues

Through teddy bears and T-shirts, residents of Orange Mound continued their remembrance Friday of seven people who died in a house fire at 862 Baltimore last Saturday morning.

For some, the sadness of losing so many member of the community was starting to give way to hope.

"We know that all of them were saved, and that they are in heaven, so I'm still upbeat," said family member Deon Shields.

Shields lost a sister and six nieces and nephews in the Saturday morning fire.  By Monday morning, Memphis fire investigators had announced they did not know how the fire started.

"Our investigation has concluded," Memphis Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Keith Staples said last Monday. "We were not able to determine the exact cause of the fire. So it has been ruled officially - undetermined."

But now, Memphis Fire officials say the case is not closed.  Wednesday afternoon, Memphis fire investigators returned to Baltimore, alongside state investigators from the Tennessee Bomb and Arson Squad. The group spent all night into Thursday morning on scene, Friday afternoon, they were joined by a set of investigators from Donan Incorporated, a private firm from Indiana that specializes in forensic engineering and fire investigation.

Employees from Donan would not say who hired them, but either way, the three different teams are trying to figure out what happened.

"It means a lot to us and we gonna stay on it and find out what happened to our siblings," Shields said.

That answer, Shields said, would go further than teddy bears and T-shirts combined in remembering the seven who died.

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