ELKINS, W.Va. – An early morning blaze in Elkins leaves two children dead and five more victims hospitalized.
The fire broke out about about 4 a.m on Central Street. Flames were burning out of control on the front porch and moved into the living room. A woman inside the home called 9-1-1 and reported she and six others were trapped and all exits were blocked by the fire.
Elkins Fire Chief Tom Meader said firemen got the fire under control in about 45-minutes and managed to get the victims out the front door.
“We had four children and three adults,” Meader said on the MetroNews Morning News. “Two of the victims were deceased, they are both kids, but I don’t know their ages. I’m waiting on the fire marshal on the identities and ages of the other victims at West Penn (Burn Center).”
One adult male was in a bedroom with twin children. The mother was in another bedroom with two more children. One adult was sleeping in the basement. Most of the injuries were smoke inhalation, but some did suffer burns. Meader could not say of the three adults and four children which of those died.
Meader said they knew they had people trapped the moment they arrived.
“She called 9-1-1 and said she was entrapped and they couldn’t get out,” he said. “The way the house was laid out and where the fire was, to get out of the second floor they had to come through the fire to get out the back door. Both front doors were blocked with fire and they couldn’t get through the living room which was blocked with fire.”
A cause for the fire is under investigation. Meader couldn’t say if there were any working smoke detectors in the home. He found one in the kitchen with no battery.