Four dead in Calhoun blaze

A community is mourning after a fire in Calhoun County claims four lives.

The fire started at around 5 a.m. Thursday at a mobile home off Route 16 on Mud Fork in the Stinson-Chloe community of the county.

The victims have been identified as Ryan Jackson, 7, Patricia Jackson, 6, and Aryanna Jackson, 5. Their 57 year old grandmother, Darlene Gooslin, was also killed.

The children’s father, Benjamin Jackson and his brother David Jackson where also inside the home at the time, but managed to escape. Both men were taken to CAMC with serious injuries. They are listed in critical condition.

Friends and neighbors are hoping for their recovery while also remembering the lives lost.

A family friend told WSAZ in an interview that Darlene had some wonderful grandchildren.

They were very well mannered; they were very smart children,” said Verla Longfellow to WSAZ. “They listened to her. They were good children.”

Misty Grose, Darlene’s best friend, told WSAZ that she was a great person.

She was so giving, so helpful,” said Grose. “She loved them grandbabies.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Investigators say the damage is so bad they may never find out what caused it.





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