Cruso house fire kills 3

Woman, 2 grandchildren unable to escape early morning blaze by Andre A. Rodriguez * arodrigue@gannett.com * published May 9, 2008 12:15 am Comments on Topix forums : CRUSO It didn't take long for the sad news ... Full Story
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Since: Dec 07

Forest City/Asheville

#1 May 9, 2008
First and foremost, I am so very sorry for this family. This is tragic. May God be with them all. Secondly - if anyone saw the story on News13 last night at 11, shame on them. There was footage there which showed family members, one lady whom was not interviewed, but cameras caught her twice in extreme moments of grief, on outside the house, and one at a vehicle where she couldn't even stand on her own two feet. I normally love WLOS, but this particular filming was a sad mistake to broadcast!!!
APD

United States

#2 May 9, 2008
They were just doing their job. Sometimes the public needs to see images and sound like that to hit home the enormity of this tragedy.
What

Lincolnton, NC

#3 May 9, 2008
Listen Here wrote:
First and foremost, I am so very sorry for this family. This is tragic. May God be with them all. Secondly - if anyone saw the story on News13 last night at 11, shame on them. There was footage there which showed family members, one lady whom was not interviewed, but cameras caught her twice in extreme moments of grief, on outside the house, and one at a vehicle where she couldn't even stand on her own two feet. I normally love WLOS, but this particular filming was a sad mistake to broadcast!!!
I'm glad someone mentioned this. The police had not wanted to give the identities yet and WLOS did everything but give names. Highly intrusive. Even my husband stated that they went too far and I'm usually the first to be disgusted when they pull this. They told the store the girls were at every morning. The school. It didn't take any rocket scientist.

They do it every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas too. They show all the poor children receiving help so that these kids can't even show their faces at school the next day.

I don't buy the "just doing their job" stuff. We all know how tragic a house fire that kills 3 people is. We all know that the poor need our help every day.

Even more concerning is that half the time they are reporting this stuff, they are either smiling or showing some other sign they they have been desensitized. Then, it's right on into the next bit of news. Hurry up now, you have 50 commercials you have to squeeze in too!
Davis

United States

#4 May 9, 2008
After watching the story I am disgusted. WLOS should be ashamed that they showed that woman crying. The same lady was arrested later in the day for assaulting another news crew. It's a shame news people can't respect people suffering a tragic loss just so they can get video.
Heartbroken Canton NC

United States

#5 May 9, 2008
After watching news 13 at 11 last night,the video clippings they showed was so disrespectful to the family. That was their time to grief for their mother. The news had no business showing her daughter when she was in her stage of grief and then getting arrested for being angry at the camara man while she was griefing over her mother. Personal I dont blame the girl for assaulting the news crew. I dont think anyone needed to see the clipping, I think news 13 should be punished for showing the clipping. My thoughts and prayer are with the family.
Haywood County native

United States

#6 May 9, 2008
Davis wrote:
After watching the story I am disgusted. WLOS should be ashamed that they showed that woman crying. The same lady was arrested later in the day for assaulting another news crew. It's a shame news people can't respect people suffering a tragic loss just so they can get video.
In the world of news reporting, there is very little respect left. The news crews only care about the ratings. To add insult to injury, on the online news clip, they showed the wrong school, and also emphasized the fact that arson had not been ruled out. But yet they could not release their names and just added to the grief and confusion in the community. My heart goes out to the family of the victims and I pray they find peace.
Haywood County native

United States

#7 May 9, 2008
APD wrote:
They were just doing their job. Sometimes the public needs to see images and sound like that to hit home the enormity of this tragedy.
Their job being sensationalists and insensitive news reporters? Although there is a need to report pertinent news, no one needs to see images of grieving family and friends at their expense.
What

Lincolnton, NC

#8 May 9, 2008
Davis wrote:
After watching the story I am disgusted. WLOS should be ashamed that they showed that woman crying. The same lady was arrested later in the day for assaulting another news crew. It's a shame news people can't respect people suffering a tragic loss just so they can get video.
Where did you see or hear that Mrs. Smith's daughter was arrested?
country

Asheville, NC

#9 May 9, 2008
if you don't like the news...don't watch it...and don't buy the products advertised on it...They will change.

The only reason the news shows footage like that...and is disrespectful enough to get it...is that people watch and then buy the products. Period.
Family

AOL

#10 May 9, 2008
Dottie and the girls were very well loved! It doesn't matter what the situation. It doesn't make the pain any easier for us. The sooner the media steps back it will help. Yes, our family needs all the prayers they can get. However, please pray for the media as well they need them too. Thank you to all who are praying for us.
Parent of freind

Greenville, SC

#11 May 11, 2008
Family wrote:
Dottie and the girls were very well loved! It doesn't matter what the situation. It doesn't make the pain any easier for us. The sooner the media steps back it will help. Yes, our family needs all the prayers they can get. However, please pray for the media as well they need them too. Thank you to all who are praying for us.
Please know that our prayers are with you and that my daughter prays for you all including 6 year old every night. I leave her name off out of respect. Nothing I can say can make things any easier I wish I could. My daughter was in class with 6 year old and she will be greatly missed. This is a very caring community and I hope that the media will back off you. They could tackfully report a story without getting in the face of someone hurt and grieving! However this isn't the first time they have been distastefull! And as sad as it is it won't be the last. May you all find peace and comfort somehow as I know the pain will always be there just a little less noticable after time!
Parent of freind

Greenville, SC

#12 May 11, 2008
I am not from Junalaska I live in center pigeon.
Long time friend

United States

#13 May 11, 2008
My heart is so full of sadness since Thursday morning. ALL will be missed by my family every day. The girls came here in the mornings until Dottie could figure out a better schedule. That was the way she was always looking for a better way for the girls. I am most thankful that I was able to see how caring Dottie was.
Kristen Fowler

Arden, NC

#14 May 13, 2008
Tiffany I am so sorry Tiffany my cousin siad 2 call her
familey

Canton, NC

#15 Oct 25, 2008
i want them back.
haley

Canton, NC

#16 Jul 27, 2009
Listen Here wrote:
First and foremost, I am so very sorry for this family. This is tragic. May God be with them all. Secondly - if anyone saw the story on News13 last night at 11, shame on them. There was footage there which showed family members, one lady whom was not interviewed, but cameras caught her twice in extreme moments of grief, on outside the house, and one at a vehicle where she couldn't even stand on her own two feet. I normally love WLOS, but this particular filming was a sad mistake to broadcast!!!
i know. iam kimmy and arians cousin. and i am dotties niece.
haley

Canton, NC

#17 Jul 27, 2009
i am the cousin of the two girls. and niece of the grand mother. i was 10 when this happend.
haley

Sylva, NC

#18 Oct 9, 2009
i am vey upset with wlos for what they did to my aunt tiffany. why cant they just mind their own bussness and leave kimmie arian and dotties familey (which i am part of the familey.) alone.
melissa

Greenville, SC

#19 Jun 2, 2010
this was a very tragic accident to our family we have made it through but them little baby girls and my aunt are still remember each and every day thanks for all the prayers
Tiffney

Fletcher, NC

#20 Jun 5, 2010
I am the youngest of Dottie's kids and the aunt of the girls, I do appriciate all the prayers and comments from everyone it helps when some thank it doesn't. They will always have a place in our hearts. Thank you for your care and worry.

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