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Monday, 20 August 2012

The woman who died in a house fire that also killed her grandchildren Sunday morning had been arrested back in 2009 following a raid at the house by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

42-year-old Tina Kemp of Bolivar and her boyfriend, 62-year-old Terry Green, were charged with a total of 12 counts of criminal possession and sale of various kinds of illegal drugs, according to the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

Kemp and two of her grandchildren, 3–year-old Eric Holmes and 2-year-old Jessica Holmes were trapped inside the burning house and died. Green and another child, 1-year-old Charles Holmes, were able to escape. The baby is being treated for smoke inhalation at Women & Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

Authorities are still looking into the cause of the fire, but do not think it was suspicious.

A neighbor tells the Wellsville newspaper the home was in deplorable condition and children should not have been living there.

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