UPDATE: Dad of 3 Fire Victims Faces Drug Charge

By: The Associated Press, Anna Baxter, Cathleen Moxley, Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: The Associated Press, Anna Baxter, Cathleen Moxley, Jennifer Rizzi Email
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UPDATE 3/27/13
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A Calhoun County man whose three children and mother were killed in a fire has been arrested on drug charges.

34-year-old Benjamin Jackson of Chloe was arrested Saturday after he was released from Cabell Huntington Hospital. He was treated for burns suffered in the March 14 fire.

Jackson initially was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center. Police say workers at CAMC found methamphetamine, coffee filters and a smoking device in his belongings.

He's charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The cause of the fire hasn't been determined.

Jackson says that the fire had nothing to do with drugs.

Funerals were held Saturday for the victims, 7-year-old Ryan Jackson, 6-year-old Patricia Jackson, 5-year-old Aryanne Jackson and 57-year-old Darlene Gooslin.



UPDATE 3/14/13 @ 11:26 p.m.
CALHOUN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Fire swept through a home in Chloe Thursday morning; killing three children and their grandmother, and severely burning two others.

The deadly fire happened about 5 a.m. on Mud Fork Road.

The home belonged to Darlene Gooslin, 57. She and her three grandchildren died in the fire.

At just seven, six and five-years-old: Ryan, Patricia and Aryanne Jackson will forever be remembered for their fun and loving attitudes.

The father of the children, Benjamin Jackson, and his brother, David Jackson, were also inside the house. They were taken to the hospital with severe burns, and remain in critical condition.

Neighbors are hoping for their recovery, while memorializing Darlene and her grandchildren.

“They were very well mannered; they were very smart children. They listened to her (Darlene). They were good children,” Verla Longfellow, a family friend, said.

“She was so giving, so helpful. She loved them grandbabies,” Misty Grose, Darlene’s best friend, said.

Brianna Harold, 12, also lives on Mud Fork and says she grew up playing with the three children.

"We'd jump on the trampoline and ride bikes," she said. "It's really sad, I feel all strangled [inside]."

Her mother, Donna Harold, is equally grieving. She says the children were a frequent guest at their home and she felt close to the whole family.

"They would give the shirt off their back to help anybody," she said. "They were that kind of people."

Harold says the tragedy reminds the whole community how precious life is.

"Tell your loved ones that you love them, because you're not promised a tomorrow," she said.

The fire marshal is investigating -- trying to determine what caused the fire.

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UPDATE 3/14/13 @ 4 p.m.
CALHOUN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- We now know the names of four people killed in an early morning fire in Calhoun County.

The fire was reported about 5 a.m. at a mobile home along Stinson Road just off Mud Fork in Chloe.

57-year-old Darlene Gooslin, Ryan Jackson, 7, Patricia Jackson, 6, and Aryanne Jackson, 5, all died in the fire, according to a close family friend.

The children's father, Benjamin Jackson and his brother David Jackson were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. They are listed in critical condition at a hospital.

A close family friend tells WSAZ.com she talked to Patricia on the phone late Wednesday night and she was complaining about her kerosene heater not working. The friend also showed WSAZ.com a shattered phone that has one of the only pictures left of the children.

The State Fire Marshal's Office has not determined a cause of the fire. Investigators say the damage is so bad they may never find what caused it.

Investigators are still on the scene.

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UPDATE 3/14/13 @ 12:30 p.m.
CALHOUN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three children and a grandmother died in an early morning fire in Calhoun County.

The fire was reported about 5 a.m. at a mobile home along Stinson Road just off Mud Fork in Chloe.

Investigators say a 7-year-old boy was killed, along with his two sisters, who were 5 and 6 years old. Their grandmother was 57.

The children's father and their uncle were taken to the hospital with severe burns. As of 1:30 p.m. Thursday, the two men were listed in critical condition.

A close family friend tells WSAZ.com he talked to the grandmother on the phone late Wednesday night and she was complaining about her kerosene heater not working. The friend also showed WSAZ.com a shattered phone that has one of the only pictures left of the children.

The State Fire Marshal's Office has not determined a cause of the fire. Investigators say the damage is so bad they may never find what caused it.

Investigators are still on the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 3/14/13 @ 10:50 a.m.
CALHOUN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three children and a grandmother died in an early morning fire in Calhoun County.

The fire was reported about 5 a.m. at a mobile home along Stinson Road just off Mud Fork in Chloe.

Reed Cook with the State Fire Marshal's Office tells WSAZ.com four people have died in the fire, including three children and their grandmother.

Investigators say a 7-year-old boy was killed, along with his two sisters, who were 5 and 6 years old. Their grandmother was 57.

The children's father and their uncle were flown to the hospital with severe burns. No word on their conditions.

Investigators are still on the scene trying to figure out what caused the fire. It took hours for firefighters to put out all the hot spots.

The home was burned to the ground.

Upper West Fork and Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the fire.

We have a crew at the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE @ 8:30 a.m.
CALHOUN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Four people have died in a fire in Calhoun County.

The fire was reported about 5 a.m. at a mobile home along Stinson Road just off Mud Fork in Chloe.

Reed Cook with the State Fire Marshal's Office tells WSAZ.com four people have died in the fire, including three children and a woman.

Two other men were flown to the hospital with severe burns.

No word on what caused the fire.

Upper West Fork and Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the fire.

Right now, firefighters and the State Fire Marshal's Office are on the scene.

We have a crew headed to the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
CALHOUN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- At least one person has died in an early morning fire in Calhoun County.

The fire was reported about 5 a.m. at a mobile home along Stinson Road just off Mud Fork in Chloe.

According to published reports, two other people were injured in the fire. They have been flown to CAMC General. No word on their conditions.

No word on what caused the fire.

Upper West Fork and Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the fire.

Right now, firefighters and the State Fire Marshal's Office are on the scene.

We have a crew headed to the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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