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Children killed in house fire identified

It's a tragic situation.

Two children are dead, and two others were sent to the hospital, following a house fire.

When members of the Woodford County Fire Department arrived at the home on Cummins Ferry Road around midnight Friday, it was engulfed in flames.

Late Friday afternoon, the Woodford County coroner identified the children killed as 7-year-old Lydia Graham and 3-year-old Ronnie "Jo-Jo" Graham.

Officials say 14-year-old Robert Sutherland was treated and released from UK Hospital, while 5-year-old Donnie Graham is still being treated there.

Sutherland and Donnie Graham went across the street to call 911 for help, after escaping the burning home.

James Sutherland, who owns the property and is an uncle to the family, says this tragedy is too hard to believe.

"I hope they pull through," Sutherland said. "Rest in the Lord is all I know."

Sutherland told 27 NEWSFIRST the children were home without adults at the time of the fire, because one adult had left to pick the mother up from work.

When asked what may have caused the fire, Sutherland mentioned there was a space heater in an upstairs bedroom where the children who died were sleeping.

However, firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire.

We have learned the teenage caretaker has been released from the hospital, and the 5 year's condition is improving.

Family members have set up a fund to help the family purchase a new house and other necessities they may have lost in the fire.

If you would like to donate, visit a Lexington area United Bank and mention you would like to contribute to the Sutherland fire fund.

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