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Five Feared Dead in Dunn House Fire

Posted February 17, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Fire investigators have narrowed down the possible cause of the fire that killed Scott and Christina Moon and their three sons early Monday morning. They are now looking at a cigarette, candle or match as the possible source of the blaze.

The children were 7-year-old Daniel and 5-year-old Kelly, both students at Cleveland Elementary School, and 2-year-old Travis.

Investigators say the fire began in the living room, either in a set of box springs or a sofa.

Dunn fire Chief Austin Tew said it is always difficult for firefighters to deal with fatalities, but that it is particularly hard when children are involved.

The house had no smoke detectors; the property owner said he had not been able to install them because the ceilings were still wet from remodeling.

The family had just moved into the house on Valentine's Day.

Cleveland Elementary sent letters home to students' parents Tuesday to let them know that their children might want to talk about what happened to their classmates Daniel and Kelly Moon. Guidance counselor Rekenna Rogers says she and other counselors visited the classrooms of both boys with some ideas to help the children deal with their loss.

Tew says the possible causes are many at this point in the investigation of the fire.

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Family members say they will be glad to know the cause of the tragic blaze.

A trust fund to help pay for the Moon family's funeral costs has been set up at Centura Bank. If you'd like to help, you may make a deposit to account number 0300043598.