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6 Children, 2 Adults Killed In W.Va. House Fire

March 24, 2012 by staff 

6 Children, 2 Adults Killed In W.Va. House Fire, A fire tore through a two-story home that had no functioning smoke detectors Saturday in West Virginia’s capital city, killing eight family members, including six children, the city’s mayor said.
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said he believed it was the city’s deadliest fire in at least six decades. Jones said only one smoke detector was found in a cabinet, and it was not working.

In the yard of the home that sits on a corner in a neighborhood tightly packed with small houses, a children’s picnic table, chairs and umbrella were overturned. The outside of the front of the home was blackened by the flames and smoke.

Jones said he was devastated by the news when he got the call sometime after the fire was reported around 3:30 a.m.

“I was with my children and I just grabbed them and hugged them, because I have a 5-year-old and a 4-year-old,” he said. “I walked up there and caught a glimpse of some fatalities and it’s something that’s hard to grasp. The fact that there are (six) dead children, it’s unimaginable.”

Charleston Assistant Fire Chief Bob Sharp said two of those killed were adults, and all of the children who died were younger than 8.

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