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UPDATE: Names released in deadly Braxton County house fire

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Published: Jan. 4, 2018 at 9:49 AM EST
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UPDATE 1/5/18 @ 10:15 p.m.

The names of the three people who died Thursday in a house fire in the Sugar Creek area have been released by family.

They tell us Charles, Cathy, and Thomas Veasey were the victims in that blaze.

The fire broke out around 7:30 a.m. Thursday along Elk River Road.

Two others were injured and taken to the hospital.

Crews spent the whole day Thursday working to put the flames out.

The cause of the fire has not been determined at this time, but the state Fire Marshal's Office reports there were no working smoke alarms in the house.

The Veasey family is now asking for the community to help them recover.

So far, they've raised nearly $600 of their $25,000 goal.


UPDATE 1/5/18 @ 8:20 a.m.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office reports there were no working smoke alarms in a home where a fire killed three people and injured two others.

The fire broke out about 7:30 a.m. Thursday along Elk River Road in the Sugar Creek area.

Fire investigators say the victims of the fire were adults. A 58-year-old woman, a 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old man all died in the fire.

The two people injured in the fire are still at the West Penn Burn Center. There is no word on their conditions.

Fire investigators say they are still trying to determine what caused the fire.

Along with the loss of life, the fire caused phone outages for many people in the surrounding area. By late Thursday night, the phone service had been mostly restored. There were still a few dozen people without it in the extreme rural areas of the county. The estimated restoration time for them is around noon Friday.

Anyone having heat or phone issues may go to the Frametown Fire Department.


UPDATE 1/4/18 @ 10:05 p.m.

Nearly 13 hours after a fire claimed three lives in Braxton County, crews are finally getting ready to clear the scene and head home.

The fire broke out about 7:30 a.m. Thursday along Elk River Road in the Sugar Creek area.

Throughout the day, crews found the remains of three adult victims. They also were working to find two family members unaccounted for earlier in the day.

Those people were found safe out of state Thursday evening.

Two other people who were hurt were taken to a Pittsburgh hospital. One wasn't seriously injured.

Fire officials said they had to make sure there were no more victims. They brought in an excavator to level the ground floor of the house, then they had to break through to the basement.

After hours of searching through all the rubble, no more people were found. Crews, however, found the remains of a dog.

Between all the devastation and working in the extreme cold, leaders in the recovery effort say they were proud of crew members' work ethic on a tough day.

"They've all been working hard the whole day," Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic said. "Nobody's complained. Everybody's just got in there and done their job."

The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.

Investigators say, though, this serves as a reminder for people to test their smoke detectors and to be careful with heat sources, especially space heaters.

Along with the loss of life, the fire caused phone outages for many people in the surrounding area. By late Thursday night, the phone service had been mostly restored. There were still a few dozen people without it in the extreme rural areas of the county. The estimated restoration time for them is around noon Friday.

Anyone having heat or phone issues may go to the Frametown Fire Department.


UPDATE 1/4/18 @ 6:20 p.m.

Three bodies have been recovered after a house fire in Braxton County. State Fire Marshals believe all three victims are adults.

The fire happened on Elk River Road in the Sugar Creek area.

Throughout the day, crews were also working to locate two family members who were unaccounted for. Those two people have been found safe this evening.

Two people were injured in the fire and escaped with the help of neighbors. State Fire Marshals say one of the victims was taken to a burn treatment center in Pittsburgh. There is no word how they are recovering.

"Anytime there's a fire, it's a tragic event, period. When you add a loss of life it just makes it horrific for people and especially in a small town area," says Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic.

The National Guard has set up a warming station for first responders, as they are expected to be on scene throughout the night.

About 1,000 residents in that area are not able to call 911 due to power lines being damaged in the fire. If there is an emergency, they are asked to go to the Frametown Fire Department where firefighters can radio the 911 center.

Elk River Road remains closed to traffic.

There is no word what caused the fire.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.


UPDATE 1/4/18 @ 5:50 p.m.

A second body has been found inside a home destroyed by fire Thursday morning, crews at the scene say.

The body of a third victim is suspected to be inside the house along Elk River Road.

Two other people were hurt, including one who was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital. The other person suffered minor injuries.

The fire started around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Crews from Frametown and Gassaway fire departments responded to the fire, which damaged phone lines in the area. Crews are still putting out hot spots and are bringing in an excavator soon to remove some debris.


UPDATE 1/4/18 @ 2:09 p.m.

One body has been removed from a house after a fire along Elk River Road in Braxton County.

The fire started about 7:30 a.m. on Thursday.

State Fire Marshals tell WSAZ that two people were injured in the fire. So far, one body has been recovered. Two other victims are suspected to be inside that home.

Additionally, two other people haven't been located. State Fire Marshals aren't sure if they were inside the home when the fire started or not.

The two people who were injured were taken to a hospital in Pittsburgh.

Frametown and Gassaway Fire Departments responded to the fire.

The National Guard is sending in a warming station for first responders as they are expected to be on scene all day.

At this time, Elk River Road remains closed to traffic.

Braxton County 911 dispatchers confirm that phone lines were damaged in the fire.

About a thousand residents in that area are not able to call 911, so if there is an emergency they are asked to go to the Frametown Fire Department where firefighters can radio the 911 center.

Frontier is on scene, but they are unable to start repairs immediately because of smoke from the fire.

Weather permitting, they plan to have the lines fixed within 24 hours.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.


ORIGINAL STORY 1/4/18 @ 9:56 a.m.

Three people are dead after a house fire in Braxton County, according to the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office.

The fire started around 7:30 a.m.

The office also says two people were also injured in the fire.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ all five people involved were inside the home during the fire.

The injured people were taken to the hospital.

The fire was at a home on Elk River Road outside of Gassaway.

WVSP say 911 lines are also down in the area.

We have a crew at the scene.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.