A house fire in the Hutch community early Tuesday morning claimed the lives a grandmother and three children.
The fire on Hurst Hollow Road just off Highway 217 was reported to Bell Dispatch at at 3:28 a.m.
First responders arriving at the scene found four people deceased inside the residence. They have been identified as 59-year-old Beulah Faye Mullins, 12-year-old Sierra Posey, 11-year-old Cynthia Posey and 8-year-old Shawn Posey.
The three kids were living with the grandmother who had custody of them for more than five years, according to Kentucky State Police.
“My three babies and my mom just died,” Jennifer Posey told WBIR television. “I kept praying and praying that they had got out but unfortunately they didn’t.”
Posey said they often sleep in the central room where there’s a stove heater.
“They found my oldest girl on the couch, my youngest, my boy, my baby on the other couch, and my mom and my littlest one together.”
Kentucky State Police say that at this time, no foul play is suspected. KSP Arson Investigators responded to the scene to assist with the investigation which is standard in any fire involving a deceased person.
The cause of the fire has not been determined and may take some time. Initially responding to the scene was Bell County Sheriff’s Department, Bell County Volunteer Fire Department, Bell County EMS, Middlesboro Fire/EMS, and Kentucky State Police.
The investigation is continuing by KSP Det. Aaron Frederick.