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Mom, 4 children found dead in Jacksonville duplex

By Arkansas Online Press Services

This article was originally published March 22, 2012 at 9:47 a.m. Updated March 22, 2012 at 6:08 p.m.


The scene of a fire that killed five people in Jacksonville.

Community reacts to Jacksonville family's death

Added details from authorities, neighbors and witnesses to Thursday morning's house fire that left a...

Five dead after house fire in Jacksonville

A mother and her four children died early Thursday morning in an apparent house fire at a Jacksonvil...

— Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating after a mother and her four young children were found dead inside a duplex where firefighters were called out early Thursday morning.

Jacksonville police later identified the victims as 30-year-old Marilyn Beavers, Dequan Singleton, 10, Sydni Singleton, 9, Haylee Beavers, 6, and 4-year-old Emily Beavers.

Jacksonville Fire Battalion Chief Bob Thornton says firefighters were called to the Max Howell duplex around 6 a.m. Thursday by a neighbor who reported smelling smoke. Thornton says no one answered the door and firefighters using thermal imaging did not detect any signs of a fire from outside the apartment. He says they left without entering the apartment.

Thornton says a maintenance worker discovered the bodies an hour later.

Capt. David Jones said crews responded to the duplex at 3A Simmons Street about 7:30 a.m.

The fire had already burned out and the victims were found dead inside, Jones said. They are believed to have died of smoke inhalation, though it is still under investigation.

Thornton says there were no indications of foul play, and that multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating.

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MenLR2 says... March 22, 2012 at 10:38 a.m.


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jetta says... March 22, 2012 at 10:49 a.m.

OMG my daughter and grandkids live there. This is so sad why would the fireman not have tried to wake the family up at 6 AM.?

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MenLR2 says... March 22, 2012 at 11 a.m.

@Jetta ... They prob did try by knocking on the door. Sadly they were most likely dead by then. The fire consumed all the air and replaced it with smoke and that is what killed these souls. Once the fire ran out of air, it too died, without leaving any outward signs that it ever existed.

Having been the over night, on call guy at a huge apartment complex many moons ago, I wonder why they did not call for a key and inspect the area if there was a claim of smoke. Judgement call was made and it will reflect badly, but truth is the people had passed before the firetrucks every got there at 6am.

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kinggeorge says... March 22, 2012 at 11:02 a.m.

The fire must have consumed the oxygen and went out. Maybe the occupants died of oxygen deprivation. Very tragic.

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HDawg says... March 22, 2012 at 2:37 p.m.'re right, but calling for a key and entering an apartment.....nah, I can only imagine the article we would be reading now. Sadly, because we have become so prone to sue, sue, sue, the firefighters opted to look as close as they could without causing a problem. So they probably made the best call for the options they had available to them. Otherwise, I agree with you completely. Just a sad story.

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Iron4u says... March 22, 2012 at 2:46 p.m.

DHawg I disagree. I think we would be reading the same article sans the part about the fire dept leaving without discovering the bodies. Sad either way.

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