Community Mourns Loss Of Sisters Killed In Fire

Kentucky State Police say two children are dead after an early morning house fire in eastern Kentucky.

Trooper Joe Veeneman says the children were found Wednesday in the basement of a two-story house in the rural community of Olympia in Bath County.

Veeneman says the fire started just after 6 a.m. and destroyed the home.

He said two adults and four children were home at the time of the fire, and the adults and two children escaped.

Veeneman said the adults and one child were at University of Kentucky hospital in Lexington. He said the adults are in stable condition and the child is in critical condition. He said the fourth child was treated and released from St. Joseph's hospital in Mount Sterling.

Although state police have not yet identified the victim's names; Bath County school officials says the two children dead are 8th grader Kayla Withrow and 7th grader Lucy Withrow.

They also say their sister, 9th grader, Danielle Withrow was injured in the fire along with their 6th grade brother AJ Withrow.

Bath County school officials say the children's parents are Mr. & Mrs. Virgil Withrow.

Investigators are now working to determine the cause of the fire. They say it could take several days to determine because of all the damage.

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  • by Cheyanne Location: Reed on Oct 8, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    For everyones information Kayla and Lucy were MY cousins they were in no blood relation to the people they lived with they were taken from their mother years and years ago before they died their mother did 2 years before that december the 21st of 2006 they were my cousins and i should have been able to have gone to the funeral they're foster parnents were no count and wouldn't let their blood kin go to the funeral if you call me i can answer any questions that you have about my young cousins.....i do love them but now their mother in rockin them in heaven no one needs to say ooo yeah they were my cousins i loved them or i was related to them they were my friends they werent let them rest and for everyones information their mothers name was Lasca Marie Chasko after her last marriage and their fathers name was Anthony Creech so danielle and Aj if you read this be sure you call your real relatives at 6930032 or contact me at
  • by Sarah,, Location: Owingsville on Dec 12, 2008 at 08:23 AM
    Kayla and Lucy were very close to me...cousins to be infact,,i loved them with all my heart,,i always still wishing to wake up and to find that thisis all a dreamm,,,Virgil and Sissy are my great aunt and uncle..and if you knew then as if i would know they had no reason to deserve this...they were absolute great people and even when they were in need of help they everybody else first...danielle and aj are also really close...after seeing them left a smile on my face,,,i just pray to god hoping they will make it through this tragedy,,,i love you guys... -Sarah Elizabeth Carpenter..
  • by Elizabeth Location: owingsville on Dec 12, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    i knew Kayla she and i werent best friends but we were friends and miss her bunches i am so sorry for the loss but they are in a better place and kayla was the most loving person I have met
  • by Allison Location: Morehead on Dec 11, 2008 at 06:08 PM
    My heart aches with the loss of these children. I knew this family very well and was devastated to hear this tragic news. My prayers are with them in their time of grief and loss.
  • by Lora Location: Bath on Dec 11, 2008 at 01:34 PM
    I am so sorry for this family. I know there lives are forever changed. I pray for your strength and that you all can pull through this.
  • by Tasha Purvis Location: Bath County on Dec 11, 2008 at 12:59 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to this family.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2008 at 10:41 AM
    i didnt know these girls very well but what i didi know is that they were some i the nicest people i did know. God bless the family and i hope you all get better!!! my prayers are wiht you!!
  • by Kim Snelling Location: Paris KY on Dec 11, 2008 at 10:40 AM
    I am so sorry for this family. I went ot church with them a few times and they are just the sweetest family you could ever see. They did not deserve this and they are in my heart and prayers right now! I am so terribly sorry for all the families pain. They are just so sweet I have no idea why they had to go like this. I just hope they go to heaven!
  • by Trish Meadows Bartley Location: Mt. Sterling on Dec 11, 2008 at 09:42 AM
    Knowing the Withrow family for most of life and knowing how loving parents they are. My heart is so heavy of sorrow for the family. I just hope they can hold onto God's loving hand to uplift them all in this time of need. May God be with the entire family and friends. My thoughts are with you.
  • by Carole Location: Hazard Ky. on Dec 11, 2008 at 05:33 AM
    I knew these children and at one time I was their babysitter. My heart is broken and I can't stop my tears from falling. I pray for Danielle and for AJ to be safe. I haven't seen or spoke to the children in years........but just the other day I found old pictures of them. They would always greet me with a smile and ready to tell on each other for whatever reason. I now have the memories of them all. May god be with the wonderful people who took them in their home and gave them the family life they so deserve.
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