Church services set for 4 children killed in alleged arson fire

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Posted on May 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 4:47 PM

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PERCY, Ill. -- Services are set for four siblings killed in a southern Illinois house fire authorities have blamed on a man now facing murder charges.

Investigators say 12-year-old Ethan Owen, 9-year-old Kailey Owen and 5-year-old twins Brandon Owen and Landon Owen died in the blaze early Friday in the Randolph County village of Percy. That's about southeast of St. Louis.

Prosecutors have charged 33-year-old Derrick Twardoski with four counts of first-degree murder. He's jailed without bond, pending a court appearance scheduled for Monday.

State's Attorney Jeremy Walker says he doesn't consider the fire random, but he isn't elaborating.

Services for the children will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Steeleville, followed by burial in the church cemetery.

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