Investigators Focus on Apartment 103

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Investigators are focusing on the charred debris in apartment number 103 for clues on what sparked the fatal fire at a five-story apartment building in Huntington that killed nine people.

Crews spent much of Monday afternoon shoveling debris, clothing and a couch cushion from the window of that apartment.

Twenty-four people were rescued from the building after it caught fire at about eleven p-m. Saturday. Nine people died.

All the building's residents are now accounted for.

Fire officials identified eight victims as 68-year-old Mary Biss; Beatrice Yancy; seven-year-old Seth Justas and his mother, Ann Saleh; and three siblings -- 19-year-old Ben Lucas, 17-year-old Angel Lucas, 14-year-old Quentin Lucas and the latest victim Joseph Szilvasi (age unknown), originally from Hinton, W.Va.

The name of the other victim has not been released.

Officials at Cabell Huntington Hospital say one fire victim remains in serious condition this morning. Another is stable.

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