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Family remembers 7-year-old killed in fire

Just a few days after 7-year-old Dora Brewer was killed in a fire, her family prepares to say goodbye the girl they all knew simply as "Dori".

"it's going to be hard. All I know, I loved Dori and I just think about all the good times we had," says Henry Brewer, Dora's nephew.

"it's just...I'm going to have a rough time going through life without her," says John Blackburn, another nephew.

As her family tried to rescue her from the flames, Dora ran into her closet and locked the door, presumably thinking she'd be safe. Dora was killed and her 19-year-old sister Margie Woods was taken to UK Hospital where she's now in critical condition, being treated for smoke inhalation.

"I want to be up there, but right now, we need to be here. I know she's being taken care of by nurses and doctors up there right now," says Becky Simpson, Dora's sister.

"We're just praying, hoping every day for Margie," says Joyce Brewer.

Family members say they each have their favorite memories of Dora.

"When she'd come in from school, she'd jump in my lap and get a bowl of cereal and put her care bear movies in," says Simspon.

"We loved to watch Care Bears. She just loved the way they danced and laughed and jumped up and down and ran," says Blackburn.

"I remember, I used to carry her off the bus every day when we got off the bus. She was just lovely," says Dustin Hensley.

As those family and friends say goodbye to Dora today, they also want to deliver a message to the community that's shown them an outpouring of support.

"I would like to thank everybody for what they've done for the family. Especially Sand Gap Elementary School and Sand Gap Christian Church for what everyone has done for Dori. They have made up funds. They have been to the hospital for Dori's sister where she's still in critical condition and they have been so supportive. I just want everybody to know that we just really appreciate what they've done for Dori's family," says Brewer.

Donations to the family can be made at Sand Gap Elementary School by calling 606-965-3171.


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