UPDATE: Crews Demolishing Fatal Fire House in Logan

By: Rahel Solomon, Anna Baxter; Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Rahel Solomon, Anna Baxter; Jeremy Edwards Email
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UPDATE 11/24/13 @ 3:44 p.m.
LOGAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The site of a fire that killed two young children is now being demolished.

“It seems like every time you walk out the house it's a constant reminder of what happened,” neighbor and family friend Peter Kelly told WSAZ.com Sunday.

The fire broke out October 21st on Canton Lane in Logan. Dontarius Gardner, 3, and Shania Sidney, 4, died in the fire. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office ruled the cause electrical.

The children's mother and boyfriend said they were unable to reach the two. Kelly remembers the mother's screams for help.

“It was really smoky and it was just bad, just a bad situation,” Kelly said.

A bad situation made even worse by the constant reminder of the rubble. After requests from neighbors, the city of Logan and its fire department arranged to have the building demolished and the rubble removed.

Crews started Sunday morning.

“I think with the house not being there on one hand it's sad, but on the other hand with what happened there I think it will give some healing,” Kelly said.

Healing when and where it’s sorely needed.

“A lot of kids still break down and cry,” Kelly said.

Kids like 10-year-old Laila Williams who was friends with Shania.

“I think about her all the time,” Williams said, adding “It's hard, I try not to look at it a lot, I don't like how it is right now , I just don't like looking at it.”

Kelly tells WSAZ.com generous donations from the family allowed them to completely pay off Dontarius’ and Shania’s funeral expenses.

The family is also collecting any goods for their new home several doors down from the site of the fire. The family will be moving to 406 Canton Lane in Logan and are accepting paint brushes, brooms and other items until December 25.



UPDATE 10/21/13 @ 3 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An electrical problem is to blame for a fire that killed two small children in Logan County.

The fire broke out about 5 a.m. Monday at a duplex along Canton Lane in Logan, located near the old State Police Headquarters.

Fire investigators tell WSAZ.com the fire was ruled an accident late Monday afternoon.

Michael Williams, one of the survivors of the fire, believed a space heater caused the fire, but investigators say it wasn't the case. It was actually an electrical problem in the duplex.

Williams says he was inside the duplex, with his girlfriend, Shantel Sidney and her two children Dontarius Gardner, 3, and Shania Sidney, 4, when the fire started.

Williams says Dontarius and Shania were in a back bedroom. When their mother, Shantel, and him tried to get to them, the flames were just too intense.

Other family members came to the house to help each other through this difficult time. Williams says the children were full of life and brought so much joy to anyone who knew them.

"Shania and Donte were two great kids," Williams said. "The little boy was a fun-loving kid ... you know what I mean? He loved action figures. The little girl, she was very prissy. She loved living life. She was great. Both went to Sunday school, Awana Club, every time we went to church. They always had a good time."

Investigators say they have also determined no working smoke detectors were inside the duplex.

"This situation didn't turn out the way we'd want it. We'd rather it be the other way and see these kids going to school this morning, but ... it's just a bad situation," Scott Beckett, with Logan Fire Department, said. "It's hard on the firefighters, it's hard on the paramedics, it's hard on the police officers."

Shania was in Pre-K at Verdunville Elementary. A spokesperson with Logan County Schools says counselors are at the school helping students and staff deal with this tragedy.

A counselor is also at the Logan County bus garage because the fire happened just down the road from the facility. The counselor will be there to help the employees and anyone in the community that needs to speak with someone.



UPDATE 10/21/13 @ 12 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man who survived a fire that killed two children early Monday morning says he did everything he could to get the two little children out safely.

The fire broke out about 5 a.m. Monday at a duplex on Canton Lane in Logan near the old State Police Headquarters.

Michael Williams tells WSAZ.com he was inside the duplex, with his girlfriend, Shantel Sidney and her two children Dontarius Gardner, 3, and Shania Sidney, 4, when the fire started.

Williams says Dontarius and Shania were in a back bedroom and their mother, Shantel and him tried to get to them, but the flames were too intense.

Other family members came to the house to help each other through this difficult time. Williams says the children were full of life and brought so much joy to anyone who knew them.

"Shania and Donte were two great kids," Williams said. "The little boy was a fun-loving kid...you know what I mean? He loved action figures. The little girl, she was very prissy. She loved living life. She was great. Both went to Sunday school, Awana Club, every time we went to church, they always had a good time."

Williams tells WSAZ.com they were using space heaters to keep warm and he believes that's what started the fire. Investigators on scene are still trying to determine the exact cause.

However, investigators say they have determined no working smoke detectors were inside the duplex.

"This situation didn't turn out the way we'd want it. We'd rather it be the other way and see these kids going to school this morning, but...it's just a bad situation," Scott Beckett, with Logan Fire Department, said. "It's hard on the firefighters, it's hard on the paramedics, it's hard on the police officers."

Shania was in Pre-K at Verdunville Elementary. A spokesperson with Logan County Schools says counselors are at the school helping students and staff deal with this tragedy.

A counselor is also at the Logan County bus garage because the fire happened just down the road from the facility. The counselor will be there to help the employees and anyone in the community that needs to speak with someone.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 10/21/13 @ 10:10 a.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- We now know the names of two children killed in a house fire in Logan County.

The fire broke out about 5 a.m. Monday at a duplex on Canton Lane in Logan near the old State Police Headquarters.

Family members tell WSAZ.com 3-year-old Dontarius Gardner and 4-year-old Shania Sidney were not able to make it out.

The children's mother Shantel Sidney and her boyfriend Michael Williams was also inside, they were not hurt.

Investigators with the State Fire Marshal's Office are still on the scene trying to figure out what caused the fire.

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



UPDATE 10/21/13 @ 9 a.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two children were killed in an early morning fire in Logan County.

The fire broke out about 5 a.m. Monday at a duplex on Canton Lane in Logan near the old State Police Headquarters.

Logan Fire Chief tells WSAZ.com two people were able to get out of the duplex without serious injuries, but two school aged children were killed in the fire.

A spokesperson with Logan County Schools says at least one of the children attended Verdunville Elementary. Right now, counselors are at the school helping students and staff deal with this tragedy.

A counselor is also at the Logan County bus garage because the fire happened just down the road from the facility. The counselor will be there to help the employees and anyone in the community that needs to speak with someone.

Investigators with the State Fire Marshal's Office are still on the scene trying to figure out what caused the fire.

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



ORIGINAL STORY 10/21/13 @ 8:05 a.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emergency crews are on the scene of a fire that killed two people in Logan County.

The fire broke out about 5 a.m. Monday at a house on Canton Lane in Logan near the old State Police Headquarters.

Investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office tell WSAZ.com two people were killed in the fire, but no other details are being released at this time.

Investigators remain on the scene.

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


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