Smyth County

Grandmother of two-year-old fire victim speaks

Grandmother of two-year-old fire victim speaks

SMYTH COUNTY, Va. - Sandra LeSueur has a long list of physical injuries from Tuesday's fire, but it's nothing compared to the emotional  damage left behind after her two-year-old granddaughter Abigail died in the fire.

"I can't believe she's gone. If you'd just seen her you'd fall in love with her. That's the type of little girl she was," Sandra said Wednesday.

Sandra was at her daughter Elizabeth LeSueur's apartment along with Elizabeth's children, Abigail and Jacob. "I looked and black smoke just following me. I said, 'Elizabeth, we've got to go,'" adds Sandra LeSueur.

Sandra says Jacob got out, and the two women were forced to jump. "My baby girl was out, so I took a dive myself. I jumped out of the window also," Sandra told us.

Both Sandra and Elizabeth suffered broken bones and burns. Sandra is recovering at Smyth County Community Hospital. Elizabeth was flown to the Johnson City Medical Center.

The family is now grieving the loss of a little girl while investigators look for why 2-year-old Abigail didn't make it out. "She was a little angel. She steals your heart," adds Sandra LeSueur.

Virginia State Police investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire.

25 people have been displaced. The American Red Cross is assisting victims.

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