6 Kids, 2 Adults Killed in House Fire

West Virginia home didn't have any working smoke detectors
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2012 10:21 AM CDT
In this photo provided by Jerry Waters, Charleston, W.Va., firefighters and city officials look over the scene of a house fire on Saturday.   (AP Photo/Jerry Waters)
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(Newser) – Horrible news in West Virginia today: A house fire killed six kids under the age of 8 along with two adults, reports the Charleston Gazette. A seventh child, an infant, is on life support and not expected to survive. Two adult sisters and their children lived in the home. One of the sisters is among the dead, and the other adult killed was a male. Another woman, possibly the other sister, is hospitalized.

The fire began about 3am, and the cause is under investigation. The mayor tells AP the home had only one smoke detector—and it wasn't working. Neighbors say the two families had a birthday party yesterday, notes the Charleston Daily Mail. "Kids were having a good time."

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