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State medical examiner IDs 3 found after barn fire

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia medical examiner has identified the woman and two children found dead this week after a barn fire in Lewis County.

First Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Nabila Haikal identified the victims as: 32-year-old Beth Ann Kraus; her 5-year-old son, Kaden Edward Kraus; and her 3-year-old daughter, Keira Marie Kraus.

Haikal performed the autopsies Tuesday, but the Medical Examiner's Office does not release causes of death.

Authorities have refused to say whether they believe the victims died before or during the blaze in Alum Bridge.

The fire occurred sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, when the woman's husband phoned authorities.

Sheriff's Deputy Robert Ryan said the husband had been working a midnight shift at his job. Ryan declined to release any further details about the investigation Wednesday.


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