WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (AP) — The bodies of a woman and three grandsons visiting her for Christmas have been tentatively identified after a house fire in Ohio.
Fayette County coroner Dr. Dennis Mesker says the badly burned bodies were turned over Friday to the Montgomery County coroner’s office for autopsies and confirmation.
He says the victims are believed to be 60-year-old Terry Harris, 14-year-old Kenyon Harris, 11-year-old Broderick Harris and 9-year-old Braylon Harris. Terry Harris lived alone in the single-story, ranch-style house that was engulfed early Friday morning.
Sheriff Vernon Stanforth says the children lived nearby and were staying with their grandmother so she wouldn’t be alone on Christmas night.
He describes the family as “very close-knit” and devastated by the tragedy.
State fire investigators are trying to determine the fire’s cause.