ELKINS, W.Va. — The mother of the 4 children who died in the Oct. 28 house fire in Elkins has also died. The state Fire Marshal’s Office said Jennifer Chamberlain died Tuesday morning at the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh becoming the fire’s sixth victim.

Chamberlain, 34, and her brother Jeff Hyre have been at West Penn since shortly after the blaze. Hyre was released from the hospital Monday.

The early morning fire on Central Street also claimed the lives of Jennifer Chamberlain’s husband, Alan, 29, and her 4 children, Isabella Grace “Bella” Chamberlain, 4, twins Alanna Faith “Lana” Chamberlain, 2, and Brianna Hope “Brie” Chamberlain, 2, and Katherine Claire “Kate” Bolgar, 11.

Investigators with the state Fire Marshal’s Office have said the fire began on the side porch of the house where a couch was located.

“We can tell the origin was a corner next to the couch where the family smoked and they had been smoking there the night before,” Assistant State Fire Marshal Mackey Ayersman told MetroNews last week.

Ayersman and others ruled out arson or electrical problems as possible causes.

Randolph County School Board member Harvey Taylor said Tuesday community fundraising efforts would pay for Jennifer Chamberlain’s funeral expenses. The expenses from the 5 other victims have already been taken care of through fundraising. Taylor said an auction and cake walk in Mill Creek last Saturday raised more than $50,000.


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  • Heather Harich

    I was a friend of Jennifer's from middle school. You have her brother's name wrong. But I guess for his sake, it may be a good thing. He doesn't need to be hounded by anyone right now.
    I'm saddened by the news of my old friend, but I'm also glad that so many have helped to insure that Jen & her family can rest in peace together.

  • Calliope

    Their name is Hyde, not Hyre...

  • Hillbilly

    My Prayers and condolences to this family.

  • Brian Chamberlain

    Dear Lord, relying on your promises to us, I turn to you in trust that Jen is with you and that she is enjoying your loving embrace. You alone know how she loved the best she could and how she faithfully endured the struggles that she faced. You know the graces you gave her and you know the grace she was for her babies and for her Husband. For all the ways she truly loved the way you loved her, please reward her, Lord. May she enjoy the love of all her family and friends who are with you.

  • Crystal

    Such a shame she had to linger for so long....I pray she is reunited now with her babies and husband. I hope I never know such tragedy in my life.

  • grif

    I pray that the children didn't suffer. What a shame that they lost their lives due to the negligence of the adults. Soooo sad

    • Mike

      Grif, you are a piece of work. This family was a wonderful family that took care of their kids. They in no way would have ever done anything to cause harm. You are a a## for making such a statement like that. I hope God punishes you for your stupidity. I hope they are enjoying their reunion and God wrap his arms around those left behind.

    • Russ

      Grif, you don't know it was negligence. Jen and Alan were great parents and would never do anything to put their girls in harms way. Heaven is welcoming a new family of six angles. God bless them.