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More details in deadly Coatesville fire

September 23, 2008 1:09:01 PM PDT
Investigators have a better idea about what may have caused that a fire in a Coatesville, Chester County home that left three boys dead.On Monday, mourners continued to bring balloons to the North Second Avenue home where three young boys perished over the weekend in a two alarm fire.

"It's unspeakable," said cousin Pam Taltoan. "Words can't even say."

11-year-old Brian Westmoreland and his nephews 4-year-old Tyrone Hill and 3-year-old Tyzhier Hill died in the inferno that broke out at 11:54 p.m. Saturday. It was just hours after the family celebrated two of the boys' birthdays.

"They were out on the front lawn with four wheelers, having a nice time," said aunt Tracy Wylie. "They sang 'happy birthday.' They had a good day."

Three adults, including the boys' mothers were treated and released at a local hospital. The blaze appeared to have started in a section of the building housing the laundry room.

Investigators are looking at every possibility including an electrical problem, but for now don't think the fire is suspicious.

Meanwhile, the children known for their friendly nature and big smiles were remembered Monday.

"I guess God needed three guardian angels to guard someone. He chose the right boys," Wylie said.

Brian Westmoreland was a fourth-grader at Friendship Elementary in West Brandywine, where counselors were on hand Monday. Principal Jason Palia visited family members at the scene and later told Action News that Brian was a joy to have at school.

"Just a very loving child. There wasn't a person who came in contact with him that did not say he was a child who would definitely make something of himself someday," Palia said.

During the summer there were seven arsons in Coatesville and nearby Sadsbury Township, and some may have wondered if this fire was connected. Police told Action News on Monday that was not likely.

A fund has been set up to help the family of the fire in the wake of this tragedy.

Donations can be sent to:

Citadel Bank
Westmoreland-Hill Childrens Fund.
P-O Box 72147
Thorndale, PA 19372.

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