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2 barn fire victims were shot

November 28, 2012
By John Wickline - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

A deputy fire marshal said two children - who were among the three people who died in a Lewis County barn fire - were shot.

Deputy Fire Marshal Reed Cook said 5-year-old Kaden Edward Kraus and his 3-year-old sister Keira Marie Kraus had gunshot wounds.

A gun was found in the rubble of the Nov. 12 fire on Crooked Run Road in the Alum Bridge community. Lewis County Sheriff's Department investigators said it appeared the shootings occurred before the fire started.

Their mother, 32-year-old Beth Ann Kraus, also perished in the blaze.

Lewis County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the scene Nov. 12 after receiving a report that three people had died in a barn on the property where the family lived. The barn, according to the report, is believed to have caught fire some time between 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 7:30 a.m. Nov. 12.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. Cook called the blaze "very suspicious," and evidence has been sent for testing to determine if an accelerant was present. Cook said there were no utilities hooked to the small structure. The incident remains under investigation by the Lewis County Sheriff's Department.



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