CHLOE, W.Va. -- A woman and her three grandchildren were killed and two men were severely burned in a mobile home fire in Calhoun County early Thursday.
The West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office said the fire was reported at about 5 a.m. on Mud Fork Road in the Chloe area.
Neighbors identified the woman killed as Darlene Gooslin, 57. Her grandchildren in the fire were a 7-year-old boy, a 6-year-old girl and a 5-year-old girl.
The two injured men, David Jackson and Benje Jackson, were identified as Gooslin's sons. They were taken to Charleston Area Medical Center. Authorities had not officially released any of the victims' names by Thursday evening.
Anthony Boggs, principal of Big Otter Elementary School in neighboring Clay County, said the three children were students there. One girl attended preschool for a short time and the other two were enrolled as students, he said.
Grief counselors will be at the school Friday to help students, whom Boggs described as a close-knit group. Teachers and staff members were emotional Thursday, he said, but were being strong for their students.
"They are still letting it all sink in," Boggs said.
The school decided not to tell students about their classmates' deaths on Thursday.
"Being at an elementary age, we want to leave it up to the family, because every family handles it differently," the principal said.
Rhonda Tanner keeps cows in a pasture near the family's home, a mobile home with rooms that were added on. Tanner said she often saw the children, whom she described as "absolutely adorable . . . very pretty little kids."