CLAY, W.Va. (WSAZ, AP) - UPDATE: 1/14/19 12:15 P.M.
The bodies of four children have been recovered after they died in a fire Saturday night at a home in Clay County, West Virginia.
It happened on the 600 block of Main Street in the town of Clay.
West Virginia Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic said the cause of fire has not been determined, but he has no reason to think there was any criminal activity involved.
The names of the children have not been released, but an EMT and friend of the family said the children were a a 6-month-old boy, and three girls ages 3, 4, and 8.
Crews spent roughly 16 hours looking for the four children.
Baltic said it appears at least one of the children was trying to escape when the smoke and flames overpowered her.
UPDATE 1/13/19 @ 1:50 p.m.
Four children have died after a fire in Clay County late Saturday.
An EMT with Lizemore Ambulance Service tells WSAZ the children were a 6-month-old boy, and three girls ages 3, 4, and 8.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Children and Families confirms the children were in foster care at the home.
“Today was a tragic event for four young foster children,” said Linda Watts, Commissioner for DHHR’s Bureau for Children and Families. “We are truly saddened by the loss experienced.”
The fire started at a home on the 600 block of Main Street in Clay just after 11 p.m. Saturday.
Troopers say four other people were able to escape the home, including a 2-year-old boy. The surviving victims were taken CAMC in Charleston for treatment.
The EMT says physically they are doing okay.
No cause of the fire has been determined.
UPDATE 1/13/19 @ 6:50 a.m.
Crews are still on scene of a structure fire in Clay County that killed four people, according to Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic.
Firefighters were dispatched to a home on the 600 block of Main Street just after 11 p.m. on Saturday. The structure was completely burned to the ground.
Troopers say four children were killed, and four other people were able to escape the home, including a 2-year-old boy. The surviving victims were taken CAMC in Charleston for treatment.
Firefighters from the Lizemore Volunteer Fire Department and the Clay Volunteer Fire Department are still on scene, as crews work to locate the deceased victims.
ORIGINAL STORY: 1/13/2019
Authorities in West Virginia say four foster children have been killed in a house fire.
Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic tells news outlets the fire destroyed the home Saturday night in Clay.
The state Department of Health and Human Resources' Bureau for Children and Families said in a statement Sunday the four killed were foster children.
Bureau commissioner Linda Watts says the bureau is "truly saddened by the loss experienced."
Authorities say the victims were a 6-month-old boy and three girls ages 3, 4 and 8. Their names weren't immediately released.
Baltic says two adults and two children escaped the home. They were taken to a Charleston hospital for treatment.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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