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HOUSTON –  An engineering expert testified at the felony murder trial of daycare operator Jessica Tata. Defense witness Richard Bonyata explained a refrigerator, not a stove, might have caused the fire in her Houston home. Four children were killed in that fare. Three more were injured.

According to Bonyata, evidence he reviewed suggests the stove was off at the time of the fire. Damage to the refrigerator suggests the blaze could have come from there.

Earlier, another engineering expert David Reiter testified for prosecutors that the stove was on during the fire.

Prosecutors allege the 2011 blaze at Tata’s day care facility began after oil in a pan ignited on a stovetop burner she had left on when she left the house.

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