Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 15, 2013

4 fire victims ID’d as W.Va. community grieves


Associated Press

CHLOE — A small Calhoun County community is grieving over the loss of a grandmother and three children in a mobile home fire.

The victims have been identified as 57-year-old Darlene Gooslin and her grandchildren — 7-year-old Ryan Jackson, 6-year-old Patricia Jackson and 5-year-old Aryanne Jackson.

They died in an early morning fire Thursday near Chloe. Media outlets say the children’s father and uncle were hospitalized with serious injuries.

Family friend Verla Longfellow says the children were smart, well-mannered and obedient.

Big Otter Elementary School Principal Anthony Boggs says they were among his students. The youngest attended preschool at the Clay County school. Grief counselors were on hand there Friday.

The fire is under investigation but the destruction was so complete that fire marshals say they may never determine the cause.