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Officials post $5G reward for info on fatal Randolph fire
By John R. Ellement, Globe staff
Investigators are trying to find out how a fatal fire started in Randolph in May, and they hope a reward of up to $5,000 may help.
Two brothers died in the early morning blaze on May 18.
The Randolph fire chief has said his department was understaffed when firefighters arrived to battle the raging fire and had to first attack the flames from outside before they could search inside the home for victims.
Emmanuel Labranche, 17, and Valensky DuGuaran, 8, a half-brother, were killed. At least six others inside the house, including an infant dropped out of a window by her mother, survived.
Investigators from the state fire marshall's office and Randolph authorities said the fire originated in the first floor living room.
But a spokeswoman for Fire Marshall Stephen D. Coan said the cause of the blaze remains undetermined.
"They are not calling it arson,'' said Coan spokeswoman Jennifer Mieth. "They have not been able to make a final cause determination and they think that members of the community might have information that can help them finalize.''
Smoke detectors were installed but investigators said they were too heavily damaged by the fire for them to determine if they were operating.
Anyone with information is to call the Arson Watch hotline at 1-800-682 9229