House fire leaves 4 people, including 2 children dead

A house fire in Harrison County leaves 2 adults and 2 children dead.

The fire broke out around 3:00 Sunday morning, at a home on First Street in the Berry community.

Charlie Tucker's house was also home to his cousin, Nikki Pike and her children. Some of the family members were staying with other relatives Saturday night, but the fire claimed the lives of Charlie, Nikki, and two of Nikki's sons, 6-year-old Cameron and 3-year-old Nicholas. "We're all having a hard time dealing with it," Tucker's aunt Mary Solez said, "Charlie's left a wife and three kids behind, and they're falling apart. We all are."

Each boy was one of a set of twins, and family members say both Cameron and Nicholas had battled cancer. But in a new home surrounded by relatives, things were looking up for the extended family. "Charlie and Nikki was two of the best people that I've ever known," Solez said, "Charlie was one, he'd give you the shirt off his back, and Nikki was the same way. If they had to do without for somebody else, they would."

Family members say Nikki's brother was one of the firefighters to arrive on scene only then discovering that his sister was in danger. "Prayers, that's about all we can ask for is everybody's prayers to help us through this," Solez said.

Neighbors say the family had only lived in the home a few months.

Todd Cockley says with most of the neighborhood asleep, his dogs were the first sign that something was wrong.

Cockley's wife called 911 while he and other neighbors tried to reach the family.

Neighbors believe a kerosene heater is to blame, but the official cause is still under investigation by the Kentucky State Police Fire Marshal.

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  • by William Location: seky on Dec 7, 2010 at 06:59 PM
    is this the second time kids has burnt up in a house fire this week? I thought it was the same story,if so then there needs to be a home safety group for early winter hearing go in to affect, Ignoreing the poor and the homes that children live in , has killed more people then meth has , take some of that drug war money Millions and get some of these homes up to desent heating standards take a little from hal Rogers Pride ask Mitch Mc Connell if he would ask His tax saveing wealth friends to help out, we got trash for leadership in Kentucky Please people remember the death of common sense has took over in ky for quite of while now write your congressman they want allow Barack Obama to help the Poor scared they are going to loose there millions and there homes and personal choice of Drs if children and poor familys burn up Oh well Ohh well that is sad got to keep the side of the roads clean PRIDE and the drug war Millions :( did the pill dragon huff and puff and burn there house down?
  • by agnesnelson Location: lexinngton on Dec 6, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    my prayers are with the family
  • by glenda Location: lexington on Dec 6, 2010 at 04:05 AM
    this is so sad,,prayers go out too the family,,
  • by Marie Location: Nicholasville on Dec 6, 2010 at 01:09 AM
    My prays go out to the family I will pray u find peace during this and the holidays my god bless u and help u find comfort
  • by to anonymous Location: here in ky on Dec 5, 2010 at 07:00 PM
    just because people fall victim of house fires does not mean they didnt have them. sometimes things happen. even if people have properly functioning smoke detectors. when God is ready to call us home, a smoke detector cant stop him. his WILL will be done. we all need to be praying for the family members that are left to mourn the loss of their loved ones.
  • by britt Location: manchester on Dec 5, 2010 at 06:16 PM
    This is heart-breaking!!! So very sad.. The rest of the family will be in my prayers!!!
  • by JAMES41031 Location: 40508 on Dec 5, 2010 at 05:42 PM
  • by Ronnie E Location: paintsville ky on Dec 5, 2010 at 02:54 PM
    this is so sad they were prolly just tryin to stay warm.


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