Two Children Die In House Fire

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Two children are dead after an early morning house fire in Middlesboro.

When the fire broke out early Friday morning, the father was able to get out first.

Then a neighbor was able to pull the mother out through a window, but despite frantic efforts, they were not able to get the two young boys out of the house alive.

Officials say 12 year old Ethan Barton and his 6 year old brother Aaron Barton were not able to make it out of the house alive.

The smoke was too much for their mother and father to get to them.

Now the family is left mourning the loss of what they describe as two wonderful boys.

“They were just wonderful kids and today we just ask the public to remember the family through prayers,” Jack Standifer said.

Officials say they have no reason to suspect arson, but because the nature of the fire, Kentucky state police and the state fire marshal are investigating the fire.

A fund is set up for the family at Community Trust Bank in Middlesboro.

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  • by Ethan's Friend on May 27, 2009 at 03:55 PM
    OMG!!! I miss Ethan and Aaron so much!!!! Ethan was like a brother to me! He was in my homeroom class! Today was our last day at school, but it was so much harder knowing that he would not be joining us for 7th grade next year. He was just a really great friend.
  • by Whitney&Erica Location: Middlesboro on Apr 17, 2009 at 01:14 PM
    R.I.P. Ethan and Aaron. We miss you. I rember when we were in homeroom and i would look so sad and you would look over at me and make a funny face just to make me laugh. Those were the goodtimes we miss you ALOT!!!!
  • by Paula Location: Pikeville on Jan 19, 2009 at 03:47 PM
    God bless these two precious little boys. My thoughts a prayers are with the children & family. God Bless!
  • by Shannon Location: Bell County on Jan 19, 2009 at 09:25 AM
    My prayers go out to you all! May you feel God's touch during this time. As a parent I know the love you have for your children and my prayers are with you all. Take hold of God and don't let go, you will see them again in Heaven.
  • by Inga Location: Letcher, KY on Jan 19, 2009 at 08:47 AM
    May God cradle you in his arms the rest of your life, for I know you will always grieve your children. Just know that one day you can see them again over in heaven playing on streets of Gold for they are know in the Great Master's Hands.
  • by Susan Location: Paintsville on Jan 18, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    Our prayers are with the family and friends! May God comfort and strenghten each of you!
  • by judy mullins Location: elkhorn city on Jan 18, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    i can not over how many people is losing thier life in house fire and my heart crys out for the familys frinds and most of all moms dads that is losing their childern god bless !!!!!
  • by Jennifer Middleton Location: Flat Lick on Jan 17, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    Our hearts go out to the family and close friends of the two children. You will be in our prayers. May God give you the strength to endure such a tragic loss. The Middletons
  • by delia Location: london on Jan 17, 2009 at 12:31 AM
    My heart breaks for the family that lost two little boys. My prayers will be with them. May God hold them tight to him. They will really need him to get through this. I hope and pray i never have to go through anything like this. It would really take someone strong to get through this. My heart just breaks for the parents. May God always be with them.
  • by Jenna&Janna on Jan 16, 2009 at 06:56 PM
    R.I.P ethan.. we love u tons!! we hope ur in a better place now(: all we have is good memories with you like going to the pool(: u always knew how to make us smile.. we will MISS YOU =[ we wish you was still here :(


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