Kenova, WV House Fire, Mar 1960

7 yr old, Dannie Mullins Perished in Fire

From Wayne County News 4 March 1960 Friday page 1:

TWO CHILDREN DIE IN KENOVA FIRE: BOY AND GIRL PERISH WHEN HOME BURNS; 5 OTHERS ESCAPE:

Two children were burned to death early Tuesday when fire destroyed the four room frame home of the Orville Mullins family near Kenova, wv

The father and another child were injured in the blaze.

Victims of the tragedy were Dannie Mullins, 7 and his baby sister Gail Mullins 4, children of Mr. and Mrs.Orville Mullins.

David Mullins, 10, suffered burns of the arm and legs. The father Orville Mullins, 33, suffered a severe laceration of the arm when he attempted to rescue the two trapped children. He broke a window in the rescue effort but was driven back by flames. The father and son were treated by a Kenova physician.
Kenova Wv firemen said thre alarm was received at 6:43 a.m. but it was too late to rescue the trapped children or to save the home which burned like timber.

The mother, Violet Mullins and two other sons, Jackie Collins, 15 and Eugene 13 escaped injury. Mrs. Mullins, the former Violet Collins is a daughter of Myrtle Large Bancroft of Lynn Creek, near Lavalette, Wv where Mrs. Mullins was born and raised.

The home was located at 1405Wayne Avenue Kenova,Wv about a mile south of the Kenova City limits off Route 75. Kenova volunteer firemen and one member of the paid fire department responded to the call for help. They were joined minutes later by volunteers and equipment from Ceredo. Firefighting operations were directed by Virdie Brafford, assistant Kenmova fire chief, and Chief Jennings Jarrell of the Ceredo volunteers.
Kenova Police Chief Leonard Hampton said the fire apparently started when an overheated coal stove ignited a nearby wall. The younger children were asleep and the parents and older children were having breakfast when the blaze erupted.

Dannie was a second grade pupil at nearby Ferndale school.

Some members of the family fled barefooted and in night clothing to safety. The father is disabled and unemployed.

The home was a total loss and the family's possessions were destroyed.

Kenova police issued a plea for clothing, food and shelter for the family. Persons who wish to assist with donations or gifts should get in touch with Chief Hampton.

The bodies of the victims were taken to the home of the grandmother, Mrs. Myrtle Large Bancroft on Lynn Creek. Funeral services were conducted there Thursday and burial was in the Collins cemetery in Wayne County. (End)

Note: See additional reply regarding same disaster in the Huntington Herald Dispatch