UPDATE: Fire marshals investigating Hinton house fire that killed two children

Summers County

5/13/19 6:00 p.m. UPDATE:

West Virginia Fire Marshals are investigating the deadly blaze that happened in Hinton on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

When firefighters arrived to the scene, the two-story house was already engulfed in flames. Chief Investigator with the West Virginia Fire Marshals, Jason Baltic, said when firefighters arrived a man and a young girl were outside the home. 

The man told firefighters two of his children were stuck inside. When firefighters entered, they found a 13-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl dead inside the home. 

Baltic said investigators obtained a statement from the father, and are waiting on the medical examiner’s report. He said the house burned quickly because it was an older home, and while the official cause is still undetermined, it was likely accidental. 

“Due to what we believe to be a ventilation issue with the doorway of the home, whenever the people escaped, that just added air to the fire which caused it to burn more rapidly and travel and extend through the home more rapidly,” said Baltic. 

The father and one daughter who escaped the fire were transferred to a nearby hospital where they were treated for burns and smoke inhalation. 

5/11/19 6:30 p.m. UPDATE:

One family is mourning the loss of two children one day before Mother’s Day. Hinton Assistant Fire Chief Steve Pack said the call for a house fire on 7th street in Hinton came in just after 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11. He said when crews with four departments arrived on scene, the two-story house was already gone. 

“The house was fully engulfed,” Pack said. “I was downtown three blocks away and got here and it was on, it was coming through the roof and also through the windows,”

Pack also confirmed people were inside the home at the time of the fire, further saying the father was severely burned while trying to save two of his children. He was transferred to Cabell Huntington Burn Unit.

The other young girl in the home was transferred to Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati Ohio, but the flames were too strong.

“Unfortunately we did have two fatalities,” Pack said. “We had a young boy and girl child about 14 and 9 roughly.” 

As for the cause of the fire, Pack believed there is not anything suspicious.

“Whatever it was, it was very very fast and quick,” Pack said.

Dispatchers told 59 News Hinton Police is heading the investigation.

Stick with 59 News as this story continues to develop.

5/11/19 3:10 p.m. UPDATE:

The Hinton Fire Department confirmed two children died as a result of this morning’s house fire. A father and another child were injured and taken to a local hospital.

The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.

Stick with 59 News as this story continues to develop.


Multiple crews are responding to a house fire in Hinton.

Summers County dispatchers said the call came in at around 10:18 Saturday morning to 7th Street. They confirmed people were inside the two-story house at the time.

Dispatchers said at least two people were taken to a nearby hospital by Summers County EMS.

Four different fire departments responded, with additional help from Hinton Police officers and Summers County Sheriff’s deputies.

As of 12:54 p.m., the scene is still active, with law enforcement controlling traffic from Temple Street.

Hinton Police is spearheading the investigation, with no word yet on what caused the blaze.

Stick with 59 News as this story continues to develop.

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