Six Children In House Alone When Fire Breaks Out

One child is at the burn center in Chapel Hill after fire struck a home in Rocky Mount with six children inside.

Police say it happened last night around 11:00 p.m. on Stokes Street. They say the children's mother had left her 14-year-old daughter to watch the kids. The other children were 11 months, 3, 5, 6, and 12 years old.

The 14-year-old was able to get all of the children out, except for her five year old sister. That child was rescued by firefighters and was first take to Nash General and then onto the Jaycee Burn Center. Authorities say the cause of the fire was unattended cooking.

Edgecombe County D.S.S. placed the children in the custody of family members and police say this is an ongoing investigation.


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  • by dirty harry Location: Washington on Jan 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM
    She was bar hopping or out working she had to make some money to pay her rent.what ashame where is the dad or should I say dads.
  • by Honored Location: Pitt County on Jan 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM
    Good job RMFD and great job Brad. This makes all the nasty comments on other stories and comments about how much the fire departments cost worth it.
  • by excuse me on Jan 7, 2012 at 06:50 AM
    Bless the 14 year old. Who must have had a lot on her shoulders. Watching 11 month old, 3,5,8 & 12 year old. I don't even think that is allowed in licensed day cares. One minor watching 5 others? The things I'm sure this child has seen, heard and lived in. Hope things get better for these children. Children raising children needs to stop. Hope all goes well for the five year old. Bless them every one.
  • by Tiffany on Jan 6, 2012 at 07:44 PM
    I jst don't know what to say. I don't know where the mother or FATHER was but I pray this was a wake call for them. Special prayer for the 5 year old and to the 14 yr old hats off. I am thankful that they all made it out.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 6, 2012 at 02:20 PM
    When I was 14, I was sometimes in charge of my siblings, ages 4, 10, 12, and 13. However, in this case, I agree that was too many under the age of 6. What a brave young girl to rescue her siblings. I send my prayers to the 5 yr. old, and kudos to the fire fighters for rescuing that last child.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Jan 6, 2012 at 05:34 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      Let me add that I'm white, and that was back in the mid-70's. Fourteen-yr. olds are capable of 'baby sitting', but this went to the extreme.
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        by ill will on Jan 7, 2012 at 06:40 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
        What does you being white got to do with this particular situation?
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          by Formerly O.L.I. on Jan 8, 2012 at 02:18 PM in reply to ill will
          ill will; your name says it all.
  • by Tammy Location: enc on Jan 6, 2012 at 01:50 PM
    Where was this mother and why would she leave her children alone in the middle of the night?
  • by OMG Location: NC on Jan 6, 2012 at 01:35 PM
    why in the world would you want to leave a 14 year old with that many chidren.
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      by c-had on Jan 6, 2012 at 02:08 PM in reply to OMG
      Maybe to go to work.
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      by JC on Jan 6, 2012 at 03:24 PM in reply to OMG
      so you can go to the club holla, or to get some drugs. no no wait, I'm sorry I'm sure she was on her way to Bible study...
  • by ncyankee Location: enc on Jan 6, 2012 at 01:31 PM
    prayers for the 5 year old, and hope she recovers. sad. glad the rest got out ok...one question, where were the parents..they need to be charged with child abuse plain and simple..
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