Police identify 3 children, grandmother killed in Bell County, Ky. mobile home fire

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BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WATE) – Kentucky State Police have identified the four victims killed in Bell County fire early Tuesday.

Police confirmed Beulah Mullins (59), Sierra Posey (12), Cynthia Posey (11) and Shawn Posey (8) all from Hutch, Ky, were killed in a mobile home fire on Hurst Hollow Road Tuesday morning.

The three children were living with their grandmother who had custody of them for over five years.

From left to right: Sierra Posey (12), Cynthia Posey (11) and Shawn Posey (8). Photos courtesy of Bell Central School.

Fire crews responded to a mobile home fire just before 6 a.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival, first responders located four people deceased inside the residence.

Vernon Hurst, a neighbor and family friend, said he could hear the cracklings of a fire around 3:30 a.m., but at first thought someone was burning garbage.

Hurst knew as soon as he heard sirens coming down the road, that the fire must’ve been larger.

“I saw the house was already over halfway gone then,” Hurst said.

He said that Beulah Mullins was known as Faye to her family and friends.

Hurst said that she was the type of woman who would give away something she owned to someone else if they needed it.

“She was kind. She would do anything for anybody,” Hurst said.

He said she also loved her grandchildren very much.

Hurst would see her walking with her grandchildren to the bus stop, which was about half a mile down the road, every morning and afternoon no matter the weather.

He said that the grandchildren were also very sweet.

“Sometimes they’d pick a leaf off a tree down the road and bring it to me. Little stuff like that, but it meant a lot to me. I live here by myself and they kept me company,” Hurst said.

No foul play is suspected at this time. The cause of the fire has yet to been determined.

The school the three children attended released a statement Tuesday evening:

“Our Bell Central Family has suffered a devastating lost. Our hearts are broken, but we take comfort in knowing that our Little Bulldogs are in Heaven. Please keep praying for the family and our school.”

Jennifer Blankenship, Principal, Bell Central School

Kentucky State Police and arson investigators remain at the scene. This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available.

(Video Courtesy: WRIL FM)


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