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Affidavits Reveal Details About Deadly Mobile Home Fire In Greeley

GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4)- The affidavits in a deadly mobile home fire reveal more details about the fire that claimed the life of a 3-year-old girl.

According to the arrest affidavits, there are conflicting versions of what happened before the fire that killed Liliegh Kellenaers, who was sleeping in a back bedroom.

Liliegh Kellenaers
Liliegh Kellenaers (credit: CBS)

Both the girl's mother, Kristen Braig and her boyfriend, Dustin Blanchard, are facing charges of child abuse for criminal negligence resulting in death in connection to the fire on Saturday night.

Kristen Braig
Dustin Blanchard (credit: Greeley Police)

Braig, 27, told police that she was only gone from the trailer for about five minutes before the fire started. Blanchard, 34, told police he was out of the trailer for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Blanchard also told police that he and Braig had been smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol on the front porch for about 15 minutes before leaving.

Dustin Blanchard
Dustin Blanchard (credit: Greeley Police)

According to the documents, Braig and Blanchard had been at a neighbor's mobile home while Kellenaers slept alone inside the mobile home.

Braig told police that she tried to get her daughter out of the burning home, even trying to rip an air conditioning unit from a back window to save her.

Blanchard and another man tried to save the little girl, eventually braving the heavy smoke and flames to get her outside.

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The scene on Jan 4, 2014 (credit: CBS)

She suffered burns to 60 percent of her body and died at the hospital early the next morning.

Braig told police that two candles were left burning in the front rooms but that nothing was close to the candles. Blanchard told police that he had placed a bandana over a light mounted to the living room ceiling because it was too bright while they were watching a movie.

Fire investigators have not confirmed what caused the fire.

Inside the home several rounds exploded during the fire. Blanchard confirmed with police that he did have guns inside the home.

Both Braig and Blanchard have criminal records in Wyoming.

Bond was set at $40,000 for Blanchard and $10,000 for Braig. Both are scheduled to appear in court Feb. 3.

Kellenaers is from Wyoming, and was staying at Blanchard's mother's mobile home over the weekend, according to the neighbor. Her father shared custody over her with her mother.

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Contributions to the memorial fund for Liliegh Kellenaers can be made by going to a special page on

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