Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

March 15, 2013

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

CHLOE, W.Va. (AP) — A 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.

Assistant state fire marshal Mark Lambert says the children's father, Benjamin Jackson, and uncle David Jackson remained in critical condition Friday.

Lambert says autopsies will be done on the other victims

Friends say 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 cause of the fire is under investigation.

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