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Congregants surround grieving grandmother with love

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. — Sunday services at Maranatha Fellowship Church saw a sea of congregants encircle Talma Isabell, who lost her daughter and five grandchildren in the deadliest house fire in Charleston’s history.

Pastors and churchgoers said her strength is a testament to her faith in God. They also said that faith would guide her through the tragedy.

"It shakes you within," said Terry Hogue, congregation care pastor. "It’s just devastating."

Isabell’s daughter, Lisa Carter Camp, died Saturday morning when her Arlington Avenue home caught fire. Five of Isabell’s grandchildren — Keahana Camp, 8, Bryan Timothy Camp, 7, Jeremiah Camp, 3, Elijah Scott, 3, and Emanuel Jones, 18 months — also died. 

Also killed were Carter Camp’s boyfriend, Alex Seal, and his 3-year-old twin daughters Kiki and Gigi.

All but Bryan were pronounced dead at the scene. Their bodies were taken to the office of the state Medical Examiner for an autopsy but firefighters speculated the cause of each death to be smoke inhalation.

Bryan was rescued from the house but later died at Charleston Area Medical Center’s Women and Children’s Hospital. Family members made the decision Sunday morning to terminate life support. He died surrounded by relatives, police said.