Funeral to be held for Bell Central School Center students

Published 11:29 am Monday, January 13, 2020

Bell Central School Center Principal Jennifer Blankenship and staff released a statement in regards to the funeral for the students and their grandmother who lost their lives tragically in a house fire.

“Due to the funeral of our sweet babies and their grandmother tomorrow, we will be dismissing school at 2 p.m.” the statement read.

Students from Yellow Creek First Priority sent cards to the school following the tragedy.

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“Thank you Yellow Creek First Priority for sending cards of love, prayers and encouragement,” a post on the school’s Facebook read. “We love you and appreciate you. You uplifted many students and staff members.”

The arrangements for the Posey Family were scheduled to be held in the Bell Central School Center gymnasium on Tuesday with the funeral to be held at 7 p.m.

“Our hearts are breaking once again,” a School Center Facebook post read. “Please pray for the family and our Bell Central family.”

The post quickly received over 200 comments.

Kentucky State Police and fire officials responded to the fire on Hurst Hollow Road in the Hutch community just before 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Investigators said Beulah Mullins, 59, Sierra Posey, 12, Shawn Posey,8, and Cynthia Posey, 11, were found dead inside the house.

According to a neighbor, the kids were wonderful children

KSP said the three kids were living with their grandmother, who had been their custodial guardian for more than five years.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. Officials say foul play is not suspected, but the investigation is expected to take some time to complete.

“At this time it’s very early,” said a KSP officer. “We don’t know exactly the cause of the fire, but it’s just a very very sad day here in Bell County. Anytime that there’s little kids involved, it just makes it that much tougher.”

Arson investigators examined the scene as part of standard procedure in the event of a fatal fire. An investigation remains ongoing.