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UPDATE: Names released of five people killed in fire

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We now know the names of the five people killed in a devastating fire this weekend in northern Kentucky.

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BROOKSVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - We now know the names of the five people killed in a devastating fire this weekend in northern Kentucky.

The early morning fire happened at a two-story house in Powersville, a community outside of Brooksville.

The Bracken County Coroner says 35-year-old Rani Doss, 16-year-old Dillon Eldred, 13-year-old Michael Edward Doss, 6-year-old Bradley Doss, and 6-year-old Emily Doss were all killed in the fire.

The coroner says their cause of death is ruled as smoke inhalation. We’re told eight people were in the house at the time and the husband was airlifted to a Cincinnati hospital.

Lois Skeans lived next door to the Doss family for several years and she says their home was a happy one filled with memories.

But on Saturday, the early morning fire claimed the lives of five out of the six family members; the husband was the only survivor.

The man who lives next door told WKYT someone driving by stopped, called 911, and came pounding on his door until he came outside.

"Whole front of the house was on fire, two of the residence got out and they was dragging out the father," said Michael Thomas.

Thomas says the man who was pulled out tried to go back inside to get his family. But his sister and brother-in-law kept him from entering the home that was already engulfed.

"Left the wife and all four kids inside, pretty tragedy, lived here five years, they were real close friends," said Thomas. "18 years with the woman, have four kids, he's going to have a difficult time."

Family and friends stopped by the remains of the Doss’ home throughout the weekend to add mementos to a makeshift memorial. They say one man even drove from Covington to pay his respects because he too had lost children of his own in a fire.

Lois Skeans says she feels like she's lost four children of her own.

“My relationship with the family was that they were family to me. They were my kids, all of them,” Skeans said.

Even during this time of unimaginable grief, she says there is one thing that gives her comfort.

“They are in heaven; they are our angels so they will always be a part of our lives.”

The early morning fire happened at a two-story house in Powersville, a community outside of Brooksville.


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