UPDATE: Fire that killed 4 children not considered suspicious

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Clay, W.Va. (WSAZ) - UPDATE 1/13/19 @ 6:35 p.m.
The bodies of four children have been recovered after they died in a fire at a home in Clay County late Saturday.

It happened on the 600 block of Main Street in the town of Clay.

West Virginia Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic says the cause of fire has not been determined, but he has no reason to believe there was any criminal activity involved.

The names of the children have not been released, but an EMT and friend of the family says the children were a a 6-month-old boy, and three girls ages 3, 4, and 8.

Crews spent roughly 16 hours Saturday into Sunday looking for the four children.

Baltic says it appears at least one of the children was trying to escape when the smoke and flames overpowered her.



UPDATE 1/13/19 @ 1:50 p.m.
According to our sister station WSAZ, four children have died after a fire in Clay County late Saturday.

An EMT with Lizemore Ambulance Service tells WSAZ the children were a 6-month-old boy, and three girls ages 3, 4, and 8.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Children and Families confirms the children were in foster care at the home.

“Today was a tragic event for four young foster children,” said Linda Watts, Commissioner for DHHR’s Bureau for Children and Families. “We are truly saddened by the loss experienced.”

The fire started at a home on the 600 block of Main Street in Clay just after 11 p.m. Saturday.

Troopers say four other people were able to escape the home, including a 2-year-old boy. The surviving victims were taken CAMC in Charleston for treatment.

The EMT says physically they are doing okay.

No cause of the fire has been determined.