A mother, her 19 and 7 year old daughters, and 2 month grandchild were in their home off Amos Baker road in the Sand Gap community when a fire broke out.
It happened around 6:00 AM Thursday morning. The coroner says the mother got all 3 children out, but the 7-year-old girl ran back into the trailer toward her bedroom. We are told she had autism.
"They tried to get her out, they tried,"explains Dora's father, Henry Brewer. "She ran back into her room, I think she was afraid of the fire."
The 19-year old and her two month old baby were taken to UK Hospital. We are told they were treated for smoke inhalation.
Fire officials say they believe the victim, seven year old Dora Brewer, locked herself in her closet. Brewer was a student at Sand Gap Elementary. Family members tell us she was autistic.
Grief counselors were on hand today at the elementary for students. "This is something that has hit the community hard," explains principal Rob Williams, "we are trying to cope but it is a tough loss. Dora was very special to a lot of people here."
Faculty and staff at the elementary school have set up a donation in memory of Dora. Williams tells us Dora's family lost everything in the fire. He says they want to do what they can to help them get back on their feet. "We are going to do what we can to help this family. They just lost something so precious to them, we want to be able to help them pick up the pieces."
If you'd like to make a donation to Dora Brewer's family you're asked to call the Sand Gap Elementary School at 606-965-3171.