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UPDATE: NFL Coach Talks With Pt. Pleasant Parents Impacted By Fire

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UPDATE 2/3/2014 4:35 PM

The Smith family in Point Pleasant struggles to recover from a deadly house fire.

They got a caring phone call from a Super Bowl champ.

The Smith family's home was destroyed in a fire January 18th.

The mother and father, Bill and LaTanya Smith, managed to escape, but the children were not able to.

Their 14-year-old son also survived, but was critically burned.

Their 26-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son died.

The 11-year-old - Braxton - was a big Seahawks fan.

He was even buried in a green and navy coffin to honor his love of the team.

During the busy Super Bowl week, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called and talked with the family.

"We're talking Super Bowl week and he had time to listen to a dad in grief and offer words of comfort and encouragement and I appreciate that," said Bill Smith.

The surviving boy suffered burns over 82 percent of his body.

He's currently at Shriner's Hospital in Cincinnati for treatment.


UPDATE 1/21/2014 11:05 AM

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) - A woman and her 11-year-old brother died from injuries suffered in a house fire in Point Pleasant.

The acting director of the West Virginia Fire Marshal's Fire Investigation Division, Mark Lambert, says 26-year-old Tiffany Grant died Monday night. Her brother, Braxton Smith, died Sunday.

Their parents and 14-year-old brother were injured in the fire.

The fire occurred Saturday morning at the family's house. The cause hasn't been determined.

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UPDATE 1/20/2014 3:50 PM

A benefit fund is set up for a family impacted by fire.

The Smith family lost their Point Pleasant home in a fire Saturday morning.

One family member died as a result of the fire, and several others were seriously injured.

The public can make donations to the "Billy and LaTanya Smith Benefit Fund" at any Peoples Bank location.

One hundred percent of the funds will go toward their recovery.

For instructions to donate see any Peoples Bank associate or call 1-800-374-6123.


UPDATE 1/20/2014 10:10 AM

An 11-year-old boy is dead after a fire destroys a Point Pleasant home.

It all happened Saturday morning.

The name of the child killed is Braxton Smith.

Four other people were also taken to the hospital with severe burn injuries.

That included three adults and a 14-year-old brother.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


In Mason County five people are hospitalized after getting trapped in their burning home.

Three children were flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital with burns covering 80 to 100 percent of their bodies.

Officials say it happened around 7:30 Saturday morning in Point Pleasant.

The house is a total loss and the fire remains under investigation.


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