LOGAN, W.Va. — The state Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled a Monday deadly fire in Logan as accidental.

Investigators said the blaze at a duplex on Canton Lane started as a result of an electrical problem.

The fire claimed the lives of Dontarius Gardner, 3, and Shania Sydney, 4. The brother and sister were unable to make it out of the burning residence. Their mother and her boyfriend did.

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Investigators believe the fire was burning unnoticed in this duplex before a 911 call was made.

Logan firefighters said they were already two steps behind when they received the early morning fire call.

“We had about a four-minute response time,” said firefighter Greg Williams. “By the time our first truck arrived on the scene there was fire showing through the roof and out the windows of the house.”

Williams said it’s likely the fire was not detected right away.

“We believe the fire had been burning for a while even before we got dispatched out to it,” said Williams. “It’s looking like it started in the ceiling of the house.  It could have burned for a while before anybody noticed it.”

Williams said adding to the tragedy the house was not equipped with smoke detectors which could have given an earlier warning of the fire. The structure was old and wood framed. It had been divided into a duplex apartment unit.

“We went in and did the best we could,” Williams said. “It was just too late.”

Williams said the residents of the adjoining apartment also got out of the structure without injury.

 

 

 

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Comments

  • Harbor Girl

    I didn't see any directed blame being put on any one by the first comment. I think she was simply stating an irony, something that crossed my mind also, along with what a tragedy this is for the family and community.

    The family next door rents the house and the landlord didn't have smoke detectors and he had an extreme violation of non-code floor outlets. The woman renting has 3 daughters, one of whom is in a wheelchair. She didn't buy a smoke detector, her boyfriend didn't and the landlord didn't. Every night I went to bed fearful for them. Finally I called the city inspector and sent him over there telling him that 3 minors were in danger. They made the landlord fix the outlets and buy 3 smoke detectors.
    Sometimes it takes a person from the outside to help out a situation. Let's all take care of each other.

  • Dorothy Sidney

    Thank you so much John for your lovely comments. My family really appreciate's it. I don't know why all these people are commenting these hateful things, but they need to grow up, and get a life.

  • John

    I am reading comments advising people of what should have been done and people suggesting blame. Whereas it is human nature for some to asses blame in a tragedy normally that is to compensate for some type lack or hidden guilt in the person’s life. The first part of Matthew 7:1-3 is often quoted but people normally leave out the verse 2 “For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you” Why not focus on the focus on the fact that two children ended their life here on earth and began life in eternity. Let us console the family and help them work through the grief process. It is my experience that people that say what they would have done have never been in a life threatening situation if so they would know not express that opinion. May the peace of God be unto us all!

  • Dorothy Sidney

    LOOK All yall people that are commenting all this BS, need to shut up. Y'all don't know my family, and y'all don't know the situation. So grow the F up, and get a life.

  • jgrif

    There is no lack of empathy from me. As an adult & a parent we have a responsibility to our children to make sure there are working smoke detectors where ever we live. Whether you rent or own your home is the responsibility of the adult to provide as much safety to their children as possible. It isn't difficult to ask the landlord neither is it difficult to get a smoke detector.

  • clark

    I do believe state law requires the landlord to have working smoke alarms in their rental property.

    If so, mama and her boyfriend are going to be spending quite a bit of insurance money in the next couple of months.

  • Rayelle

    Spirit Loves under ALL conditions, all emotions. Finger-pointing and anger are expected and must have an outlet in order for healing to occur.
    Consider this: If Love and anger were in a race, which would you rather win? In the end, which would you sit with?
    Where there is judgement, Love cannot reside.
    If you but have the smallest amount of willingness, then let Love reside with this family during this time.

  • Joe

    @jgrif.....your comment, at this time, was completely out of line.

    I would suggest you call the landlord of the property and ask him about why there were no alarms in the building.

    Then I would go take a long look in a mirror and contemplate where your lack of empathy originates from.

    Mrs. Sidney, I am truly sorry for your loss. God Bless.

  • Dorothy Sidney

    This is to jgrif. First of all you don't know nothing about my family. My cousin lost both of her kids, and you wanna comment that, REALLY. Shut your mouth, and mind your business.

    • Rayelle

      You are a fierce mama tigress, dear niece.

  • wvman75

    Anyone who says they don't judge people all the time is a lying hypocrite. You could call it threat assessment if it makes you feel any better.

    • Rayelle

      Judge. Threat. Let us deescalate this and look at the seed of fear within.
      We, as humans do the best we can with what we have at any given moment.
      If you agree with this; if this can soften the edges of anger, then allow compassion into your heart. Surrender your fear. Cry, yell, scream at the unfairness of this. Then come back to where we all are in this together.

    • Bindi

      I did not claim to not judge. I simply stated my personal belief that love (over judgement) would be more compassionate. This marks the beginning of a painful path of grief and healing for the mother involved. After all, no one judges us more harshly than we judge ourselves. She doesn't need my judgement. She needs my love. And that she has.

  • Bindi

    "If you judge people, you have no time to love them." - Mother Teresa

    While you rested peacefully this morning, a mother lost what is most precious to her. Consider sending prayers of love and thoughts of comfort. For you, this day is just another you spent 20 seconds commenting on a news story, but for her, it is the worst day of her life.

  • wvman75

    How did mom and the boyfriend get out and leave a three and four year old to fend for themselves?

    • clark

      My thoughts exactly, wvman75.

      I would die tryiing to save mine before I ran out and left them screaming for their lives.

      • clark

        But, I don't know the facts. Maybe the fire started in that room and there was absolutely nothing mom and bf could have done.

  • jgrif

    Just think - what a $10.00 fire alarm could have prevented.

    • John

      What is your motive to continue to make comments that hurt this family? why does it seem to give you such pleasure? Perhaps it is wise to reflect on those questions before writing additional comments. Peace be unto you.

    • Dorothy Sidney

      First of all you don't know nothing about my family. My cousin lost both of her kids, and you wanna comment that, REALLY. Shut your mouth, and mind your business.

      • Randy

        jgrif said nothing wrong. This was a horrible tradgedy, but smoke alarms could have made the difference betwen life and death. Seatbelts often could have saved lives when they didn't because they weren't used. The only comment out of line is by Dorothy Sidney.

        • Dorothy Sidney

          Let me tell you something Randy. You try losing your family in a fire, and tell me what you would say if someone was judging you. Im gonna put it like this, because I'm trying not to cuss yall out. IF YOU DON'T HAVE SOMETHING NICE TO SAY ABOUT THIS, THEN STFU

          • John

            Hello Dorothy,
            May the peace of God reside within you. Be still and know the he is God.