BROOKSVILLE, Ky. - The collective thoughts and prayers of an entire community are with a Bracken County family that was devastated by a fire at their home.
Rani Doss, 35, and her four children died from smoke inhalation early Saturday morning when a fire ignited at 3056 Brooksville-Powersville Road (Ky. 19) in Brooksville, according to Bracken County Corner John Parker.
The children have been identified as Dylan Thomas Eldred, 16; Michael Edward Doss, 13; and twins Bradley Joseph Doss and Emily Ann Doss, 6.
Crews removed two of the bodies from the house the family had called home for the past six years when they arrived at the scene at 3:45 a.m. The three additional bodies were discovered at about 4:15 p.m. after the house was deemed safe for fire personnel to enter, according to a press release from the Kentucky State Police.
The children's father, Keneth Doss, 45, was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center by Air Care for treatment, where he remained in critical condition on Monday. Two other people, Stephen Werber, 28, and Sheila Werber, 29, were identified as survivors of the fire as well on Monday.
The tragic nature of the event caused members of the close-knit Brooksville community to come together Saturday evening for an impromptu vigil at Bracken County High School.
Residents packed into the bleachers at the school's football field and held balloons in honor of the family.
"They were very well-liked. He's a good father and she was a good mother," David Yelton said at the event.
Yelton said he is still trying to comprehend what had happened a few hours earlier.
"I got four kids. I don't know what I would say if it was me that -- if my wife and four kids had passed away," he said.
While the struggles of coping with the tragedy will be difficult, Yelton said he and other residents of the community will band together and find comfort in one another.
"Our community, we will pull through it. We've seen tragedy before," he said.
As the weekend progressed, fire officials continued with their investigation into what sparked the blaze.
Some of the investigation will center around two unnamed people who Parker says managed to escape the house "unharmed."
The remainder of the focus will center on the rubble and charred remains of what was once a family home.
Jones described the structure as "burnt completely" and said it was doused with water for more than 12 hours after the fire ignited to ensure there were no hot spots.
Emergency crews had to knock down the structure in order to continue the investigation and ensure the safety of emergency personnel and cadaver dogs that were used to look for other possible victims.
"For the safety of our arson investigators and dogs, we're going to have to take it (the house) down," Jones said. "Because it's so burnt, we're worried about firefighters and officers...injuring themselves."
Fire personnel at the scene did not indicate when they expect the investigation to be complete.
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