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RedsBaron
01-15-2007, 07:52 AM
At least seven people perished in a fire that gutted the Emmons Junior apartment building Saturday night in Huntington, WV. This is a 64 unit, five floor apartment building located about one block from my firm's law office. What is particularly of personal concern is that our office runner, a college student, lived in either the Emmons Junior or the Emmons Senior apartment building next door, and we were unable to contact him yesterday.
Several other people are still missing, as firefighters have not yet been able to reach upper floors. None of the identities of the deceased have yet been released, but news accounts stated that one woman lost three teenaged children in the tragedy.
The apartment building was constructed in about 1924. It did not have a sprinkler system.

reds1869
01-17-2007, 11:42 PM
Any word on your runner? I hope he is ok. Many of my friends lived in the Emmons during college; what a tragic event.

WVPacman
01-18-2007, 01:58 AM
Yep three siblings from my community died.They were two brothers and one sister.The oldest was 19,the girl was 17 and the little brother was only 14:( They were christians and they found a bible in the girls hand.:(

The 19 year old was going to college at Marshall and his sister and brother was down there visiting.

My condolences go out to the Lucas family.

RedsBaron
01-18-2007, 06:41 AM
Any word on your runner? I hope he is ok. Many of my friends lived in the Emmons during college; what a tragic event.

Our runner is okay. He lived in the Emmons Senior apartment building, which is next to the apartment building that burned, but his apartment building is also closed because of smoke damage. He has found another residence.
The apartment fire is apparently being treated as a crime scene by the Huntington Police Department. The area is still closed off and two blocks of third avenue are closed to traffic. There are rumors that the fire may have started as a result of an explosion in a meth lab, but that is unconfirmed.
I think the death count is now nine people. Among the deceased was one seven year old, and the terrible tragedy of the threee Lucas teenagers mentioned by WVPacman.

WVPacman
01-22-2007, 02:06 AM
Well the three lucas kids were layed to rest today.My mom went to the wake and funerl but I could'nt.Mom said it was very sad and she said that the three kids mother told everybody to go home and hug your loved ones three times just for her kids.That was just for the community but I wanted to tell you guys also b/c the mother and the family is really really going threw a tough time right now.

RIP Ben,Angel,Quinten!!