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Family: Bracken Co. home of deadly fire had working smoke detectors

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
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BRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - We have new information about the investigation into a weekend house fire that killed a mother and her four children.

The fire broke out at the home in the Brooksville community of Bracken County Saturday morning.

35-year-old Rani Doss died in the fire. Her children, Dylan Eldred, 16, Michael Doss, 13, Emily Doss, 6, and Bradley Doss, 6, also died.

The coroner says all five died from smoke inhalation.

Rani's husband, 45-year-old Keith Doss, was pulled from the fire. He was air lifted to the University of Cincinnati Hospital where he continues to recover from his injuries.

Two other relatives, Stephen and Sheila Werber escaped the burning home without injuries.

Firefighters tell us they still don't know what caused fire. The Werbers now tell us there were smoke detectors in the home and that they heard them going off.

The small community is still dealing with the huge loss, a make-shift memorial has been setup at the burned out home.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family," explained Bracken County Schools Superintendent Jeff Aulick, as tears welled up in his eyes.

Aulick says he's met with faculty and staff in order to prepare for back to school activities. He says 16-year-old Dillon was a football player at Bracken County High and he'll have grief counselors available to teammates when practice starts soon.

"It's a close-knit family and community," he continued. "Any time there's tragedy, we come together."

Aulick says he has reached out to the family to offer any support he can.


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