Woman identified in fatal Scott City house fire

3/12/2012

By SHAJIA AHMAD

By SHAJIA AHMAD

sahmad@gctelegram.com

Law enforcement officials have identified a Scott City woman who was killed, along with three children, in a house fire authorities are saying was likely accidental.

Jackie Coberly, 28, Scott City, was killed in the Saturday morning fire at the two-bedroom house located at 1105 Church St., in Scott City.

Three children in the home — a 4-year-old boy and two girls, ages 6 and 8, also died as a result of the fire.

One child died initially, while the mother and two other children were flown to Wichita, where they died Saturday afternoon, according to local law enforcement.

Scott City Police Chief Chris Jurgens said his department is not releasing the names of the three children killed in accordance with his department's policy.

Jurgens said early Monday all next of kin had already been notified.

"It's our policy that we don't release juvenile names," Jurgens said.

Scott City law enforcement said the fire started around 7:15 a.m. Saturday near a radiator heater in the laundry room of the home the family was renting.

Officials said Coberly called to report the fire. but she was disabled and couldn't get herself out of the home. The fire is still under ongoing investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office, according to Scott City law enforcement said.

Scott city police officials have said no foul activity was suspected at the time and that law enforcement officials believe the fire was likely accidental.

"The community is just in shock," Jurgens added.

Read more in Tuesday's edition of The Telegram.

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