Cumberland Times-News

October 31, 2013

Elkins fire not believed to be arson


Associated Press

— ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say there are no signs that a fire that killed an Elkins man and four children was deliberately set.

Media outlets report Randolph County Prosecutor Michael Parker issued a statement that nothing has been found to indicate the Monday morning fire “was the result of a criminal act.”

Elkins Fire Chief Tom Meader has said the fire blocked the house’s main exits, and the only smoke detector lacked batteries.

Assistant state fire marshal Mark Lambert said 29-year-old Alan Chamberlain died Tuesday night at the West Penn Burn Center in Pennsylvania, hours after the death of 2-year-old daughter Brianna Chamberlain and her half-sister, 11-year-old Catherine Bolgar.