Virginia

Fatal Va. fire ignited by child playing with lighter, candle

Police and investigators work the scene of a fire on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Dorr Township, Mich.  A  woman and her two children were shot before their mobile home was destroyed by fire in western Michigan, family members said Wednesday. A 32-year-old man who lived at the home was being held by the Allegan County sheriff's office.   The victims discovered Tuesday were identified as Debra Sheppard, daughter Emma McComber and son Corey LaValley Jr.  (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Chris Clark) ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION INTERNET OUT

Police and investigators work the scene of a fire on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Dorr Township, Mich. A woman and her two children were shot before their mobile home was destroyed by fire in western Michigan, family members said Wednesday. A 32-year-old man who lived at the home was being held by the Allegan County sheriff’s office. The victims discovered Tuesday were identified as Debra Sheppard, daughter Emma McComber and son Corey LaValley Jr. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Chris Clark) ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION INTERNET OUT

GALAX, Va. (AP) — Police say a child playing with a lighter and a candle ignited a house fire that killed three children in Southwest Virginia.

Carroll County Sheriff J. B. Gardner says in a news release that the March 5 fire has been ruled an accident.

Three children died from injuries suffered in the fire. They’ve been identified as 9-month-old Randy Delp, 7-year-old Dominic Delp and 4-year-old Ryleigh Delp.

Gardner says the medical examiner’s office determined that all three victims died from smoke inhalation.

The children’s mother, Amanda Delp, and 5-year-old Gabriel Delp survived the fire.

The fire began in the house’s kitchen area.

The sheriff says the family asks that parents discuss the dangers of fire with their children.

 

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