Bodies of Kenai fire victims removed

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2008

KENAI - Authorities recovered the bodies of a woman and three children Monday who died when a fire consumed their home this weekend.

The bodies of Christina Hunt, 31, of Kenai, and her children, Judy Jones, 13, Frank Hunt Jr., 7, and Ryan Hunt, 4, will be autopsied in Anchorage.

Hunt's husband, Frank Hunt Sr., 26, of Kenai, was the only person not injured in the fire. He escaped through a window.

Kenai Fire Chief Mike Tilly said firefighters are still trying to determine where Hunt and her children were in the house when the fire started.

"A fire of this nature is dynamic and fast-moving. A lot can happen in a short period of time," Kenai Police Chief Chuck Kopp said.

Kopp said authorities are protecting the scene 24 hours a day until results come back from the medical examiner.

The family lived at the residence for approximately three years. Kopp said Jones attended Kenai Middle School.

Robert Gonzalez, a Beaver Loop resident, lived near the Hunts and said his daughter, 2-year-old Camilla, and Hunt's younger boys were playmates.

"(Camilla) had fun with them," Gonzalez said. "(They would) do the slide and the tunnel and run around and chase each other."

Patricia Pearce, the grandmother of Judy Jones, said she is trying to raise enough money to fly up from San Diego to bury her granddaughter, ex-daughter-in-law and the two boys.

Pearce said Jones was her only granddaughter. Jones was born in Colorado Springs, Colo., and moved to Alaska with her mother when she was 4 years old.

"She was hyper and rambunctious," Pearce said of her granddaughter. "She was going to come down this summer to meet my side of the family for a family reunion. She had never met her great-grandmother."

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