Tri-State briefs

December 12, 2006

Heater blamed in deadly W.Va. fire

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A kerosene heater has been listed as the official cause of an early Saturday mobile home fire in the Sportsman's Paradise community which left five people dead, assistant state Fire Marshal Ed Robinson said Monday.

The kerosene heater was in a small bedroom where three children were sleeping, fire officials said.

It is believed clothes were too close to the heater or a blanket might have been kicked off a bed and landed next to it, fire officials said.

Killed in the fire at 60 Magruder Ave. were David "Spider" Clark Jr., 40, and his wife Sheri McFillen Clark, 36. Children killed in the fire were David Clark, 10, and Eyrn Clark, 5, which were David Clark's children, and 18-month-old Kimberlee Fravel, who was Sheri Clark's granddaughter.

W.Va. elementary school closes early

BARDANE, W.Va. - T.A. Lowery Elementary School closed at 11 a.m. Monday after power and telephone service was interrupted at the school along W.Va. 9, Jefferson County Schools officials said.


Superintendent of Schools R. Steven Nichols said power was apparently turned off because Allegheny Power workers were replacing utility poles.

The school is expected to be on a normal schedule today, schools spokeswoman Gail Woods said.

- Dave McMillion

Arts Centre to host open house Saturday

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Arts Centre is holding an open house on Saturday to highlight the first Holiday Show & Sale to be held in the center's Old Federal Post Office and Courthouse at 300 W. King St.

The Rev. Tom Hartshorn, who has sung in the Metropolitan Opera in New York, will play keyboard and sing Christmas carols from 2 to 4 p.m. Hartshorn is pastor of Christ Reformed United Church of Christ on Burke Street.

In addition to music, visitors will be able to shop for holiday gifts made by local artists. The selection includes nature photography, lampwork glass winestoppers, pottery, cards & bookmarks, framed polymer clay art and ice cream scoops, jewelry, knitted scarves & hats, infant/children's fleece garments, fine art baskets, ornaments, glass art, colorful anodized aluminum mobiles, books, fine oil paintings, gourd art and wall art.

For more information, call 304-263-0224.

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