Names of five fire victims released
ELKINS – The names of the victims in Monday morning’s fire on Central Street have been released by family members to The Inter-Mountain.
The father of the family, Alan Chamberlain, 29, and the family’s four children – Katie Bolger, 11, Isabella Chamberlain, 4, Brienna Chamberlain, 2, and Alanna Chamberlain, 2 -all died as a result of the tragedy.
Officials from the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh said two people – the mother, Jennifer Chamberlain, 34, and her brother, Jeff Hyde – still are being treated at the facility.
Mark Lambert, assistant West Virginia State Fire Marshal, said Alan Chamberlain passed away late Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.
Elkins Fire Chief Tom Meader said two of the four children at the residence died in the blaze. The other two children and three adults were initially transported to Davis Memorial Hospital, but eventually flown to the West Penn Burn Center treatment.
Lambert said Wednesday the State Fire Marshal’s investigative report is not complete, but preliminary findings should be available no later than this afternoon.
Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker issued a press release Wednesday regarding the investigation into the fire.
“Although the investigation is ongoing, we have not found anything at the present time to indicate that this tragedy was the result of a criminal act,” Parker said in the release.
“We have utilized all resources at our disposal to investigate this tragic fire and the investigation has benefited from the collaborative efforts of the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Elkins Fire Department, the Elkins Police Department and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.”
Parker said numerous other agencies have offered assistance and support, including the West Virginia State Police.
“I am encouraged that all agencies involved have been working diligently and in conjunction with each other to provide the type of investigation that is warranted by such a tragedy. As we continue the investigation, our thoughts are with the surviving family members as they deal with such a painful loss.”
The fire started about 4 a.m. Monday, officials said. Fire on the stairs and in the living room blocked the main exits of the home, Meader said. He added that only one smoke detector was found, which did not work.
Those responding to the blaze included the Randolph County EMS, Elkins City Police, the Elkins Fire Department and the Beverly, Leading Creek, Junior and Belington fire departments.
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