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UPDATE: Several victims of house fire released from hospital

House fire in Onslow County claims the life of three children. (Source: WITN) House fire in Onslow County claims the life of three children. (Source: WITN)
Tabitha Pittman, Elijah Pittman, and Gabriel Pittman died in the fire. (Source: WITN) Tabitha Pittman, Elijah Pittman, and Gabriel Pittman died in the fire. (Source: WITN)

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Last week, a fire ripped through a home in Onslow County killing three children. Their mother and five other children were also hospitalized after the tragic incident.

According to Sammy Pittman, the father and husband of the family, all family members, except his wife Johnetta and daughter Hannah are out of the hospital. They are still at the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill.

Pittman said they are both heavily sedated and he has not been able to communicate with them yet. They are in critical condition, but Pittman said the medical staff assures him they are improving as well as to be expected.

According to Sheriff Ed Brown, Tabitha Pittman, 12, Elijah Pittman, 8, and Gabriel Pittman, 6, were on the first floor of the home and were killed in the fire. It is possible the oldest child was trying to help the other two get out.

The other children injured were Samantha, 16, 15-year-old twins Adrianne and Gabrielle, and Johnathan, 4.

Anyone who wishes to help the Pittman family during this time can contact Walter Scott with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at 910-989-4008 or 910-389-4685.

Gloria Joles, the Sheriff's Administrative Secretary, is also helping and can be reached at the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at 910-989-4001.

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