Candlelight vigil planned to remember four kids who died in Clay County fire

A firefighter says a candlelight vigil is planned 6 p.m. Tuesday at the new Clay County Courthouse in Clay to remember the four children killed in a blaze over the weekend. (WCHS/WVAH)

A firefighter said a candlelight vigil will be held to remember the four children who died over the weekend in a Clay County house fire.

The vigil is scheduled 6 p.m. Tuesday in front of the new courthouse in Clay.

Members of the community are still in shock after the weekend house fire.

The names of the four children who died in the blaze were have not been released. Officials said an 8-year-old girl, 4-year-old girl, 3-year-old girl and 6-month-old boy were killed in the fire.

Eight people were inside the house when the fire started late Saturday night.

The West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office is still looking into how the fire started, but investigators said they don't believe there was foul play.

Meanwhile, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said in a news release Monday that the four children who died in the fire were in the foster care program.

The said that the initial home study revealed that the foster home had working smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors. An in-person visit by a DHHR worker was last made to the foster home in December 2018, and no issues were noted, the release said.

“This event has been a truly heartbreaking experience for the department and all those involved,” said Bill Crouch, cabinet secretary of DHHR. “At this time, and because there are active investigations by the West Virginia State Police and the state Fire Marshal’s Office, along with pending autopsies, the DHHR is unable to discuss further details. We take the responsibility of caring for foster children seriously. Our continued thoughts are with those touched by this tragedy.”

Officials said a 2-year-old boy, a teenager and two adults were able to get out of the burning house.

A Facebook page has been set up for donations to help the family.

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