ELKINS, W.Va. – A fifth person has died from Monday’s fire that trapped seven family members inside a house.
Two children died the morning of the fire, followed by two more at the West Penn Burn Center on Tuesday. The father of the children died Wednesday.
Elkins Fire Chief Tom Meader said the five deceased victims and two more who remain hospitalized are related. A couple lived in the home with their four children—ages 11, 4 and 2-year-old twins. The mother’s brother also was living with the family. Their names have not been released.
Chief Meader said the mother and brother remain in critical condition at West Penn.
The fire started on the front porch of the house and spread into the living room, blocking all escape routes. As of Wednesday, the cause of the fire was still classified as “undetermined.”
The state fire marshal’s office wrapped up their investigation at the scene Tuesday evening.
There was a smoke detector in the home but it did not have batteries.