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Deadly apartment fire in Marion, VA ruled accidental

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MARION, VA (WJHL) -

Investigators ruled the apartment fire that killed a 2-year old girl and injured her family accidental.

Ken Heath with the town of Marion said the investigation also revealed the Tuesday morning fire started inside the second unit apartment where Elizabeth LeSueur lived with her family.

Elizabeth LeSueur, Sandra LeSueur, and Jacob Mardis were all able to escape the apartment. However, Elizabeth's 2-year old daughter, Abigail D. Mardis, died in the fire.


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A day after a tragic apartment fire in Marion, Virginia the community says their lives will never be the same.  They say that's because the Country Club Crossings Community considered the 2 year old girl who died family.

Virginia State Police tells us they have taken over all investigations.  They have not yet released any names, but neighbors tell us the mother's name is Elizabeth LaSeure.  Mountain States Health Alliance tells us she is now in stable condition at the Johnson City Medical Center.  Neighbors say Abigail is the name of the 2 year old little girl who died in the fire.

Carrie Frye lives in apartment F3 just down the way from where the unit where the little girl they called "Abby" lived.  Frye has a two year-old daughter who she says played everyday with Abby.  Now she says, the image of the two playing together is forever in her memory and her heart.

"I prayed last night and said Abby anytime you want to come play. I woke up this morning and my daughter was just laying there smiling," said Carrie Frye.

Frye says she still hasn't told her daughter what happened to her friend.  She says she's worried she won't understand why Abby can't come over to play.

Neighbors constructed a tribute to Abigail overnight.  Neighbors decorated a rock that sits near the apartment complex with toys, teddy bears and flowers.  They say it started with one teddy bear by and older man in the community, but then children began to put toys they knew Abby loved.  Today they also painted "Rest in peace Abby, we will miss you Sissy" on it.

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