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Pittman Family Speaks Nearly 6 Weeks After Tragic Fire

Nearly six weeks after a house fire killed three of their children, the Pittman family is speaking about the fire.

This morning, Sammy Pittman was joined by his wife Johnetta, and his brother to take questions from the media.

It was February 23rd when firefighters got the call to their Wilmington Highway home in Onslow County. Five of the family's children escaped, some by jumping from second story windows. But it was 11 year old Tabitha, nine year old Elijah and seven year old Gabriel who did not make it out of the home.

As the Pittmans hold strong to their faith, remembering the children they've lost still brings tears to their father's eyes. "They were well mannered, truly a blessing. And I thank God that he counted us worthy to have them," said Pittman.

While Johnetta Pittman was there this morning, she did not speak to reporters. And even though the SBI investigation into the fire says otherwise, Sammy Pittman maintains there were smoke detectors inside the home.


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More than five weeks after three of his children were killed in a fire that destroyed their home, an Onslow County father sits down with reporters for the first time.

Tabitha Pittman, 12, Elijah Pittman, 8, and Gabriel Pittman, 6, died in the February 23rd fire that ripped through their home on Wilmington Highway.

Five other children and their mother were injured in the fire.

This morning, the children's father, Sammy Pittman spoke with reporters with his wife Johnetta beside him.

WITN will have more on the Pittman family today at noon.


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