Investigators still have not been able to determine a cause for a fire that claimed the lives of a woman and four children in Mercer County last month.

But a report says the mobile home had one smoke detector, but it was not working, according to a Mercer County Sheriff's Department news release.

The investigation shows that the fire started in the southwest corner of the mobile home in Cable, south of Sherrard. The investigation was unable to rule anything in or anything out as the cause.

The March 27 blaze killed Anna Viager, her daughter, Breana, 8, Jessica Harker, 11, Holli Harker, 13, and Cassandra Turner, 15. The Harkers and Turner were described as family friends of the Viagers at an overnight sleepover. Viager’s husband, Wayne, and her two sons were able to escape the fire.

The Mercer County Sheriff's Department, Illinois State Police and Illinois State Fire Marshals office were involved in the investigation.

I'm the city editor at the Quad-City Times. You can reach me at or 563-383-2450.

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