Names, cause of death released for Brooksville fire victims

BROOKSVILLE, KY (FOX19) - The names of the five victims killed in the Bracken County house fire was released on Sunday, a day after the tragedy occurred.

The victims have been identified as Rani Doss, 35 and her children Dylan Eldred, 16, Michael Doss, 13, and 6-year-old twins Emily and Bradley Doss.

The fire broke out around 2:20 a.m. on Saturday morning at a home located in the 3000 block of Brooksville-Powersville Road.

According to the Bracken County coroner, all five died from smoke inhalation.

The fire is a tragedy that the small community of Brooksville has never seen before. It quickly consumed the entire structure of a family home right in front of neighbors eyes.

Lois Skean lives next door and says she was close to the victims.

"It was the worst thing that I ever had to experience because it was a nightmare," said Skean.

Lois's son, Michael Thomas, says he saw his neighbor trying to save the children's father and pitched in to help.

"I saw Steve trying to drag his brother-in-law out of the house. I went over there and helped him drag Keith out. I was going to try to go back in, but the house was too engulfed in flames to be able to do anything," said Thomas.

Keith Doss, husband and father to the victims, was air lifted following the fire and was taken to the University of Cincinnati Hospital. His condition is unknown.

Two others who were in the home, Stephen Werber, 28, and Sheila Werber, 29, escaped unharmed.

Skean witnessed Doss being rescued.

"They pulled him out of the side which was right over there and he was burnt pretty bad and he kept screaming. He screamed the whole time. Screaming for his four kids and his wife that died in the fire....and screaming for....he was burned from one end to another," said Skean.

Multiple fire departments responded to the massive fire. Germantown, Augusta and Brooksville fire departments responded along with Bracken County EMS.

A neighborhood vigil was hosted to commemorate the memory of the lives lost in the fire later Saturday evening.

Lois said the community on Brooksville-Powersville Road is tight-knit and is grieving from the heavy loss.

"It makes me sad. I've cried all morning. It's not going to be easy for us because we were all friends in this neighborhood. We all shared experiences, we cooked out together, we had family time together," said Skean.

The Bracken County Coroner's Office says an active investigation is underway to determine the cause of the house fire.

On Tuesday, family members released this statement to the media:

This past Saturday morning our family experienced a tragic loss of a beloved mother, and her children. Words cannot express the magnitude of our grief as we mourn the loss of our loved ones. The only remaining family member we have who survived the fire by the grace of God, was Keith. We are thankful for the heroic efforts of the UC Medical Center Burn Unit as they're doing everything possible to save Keith's life. He remains in critical condition. We are requesting that the media please respect our wish for privacy at this time and refrain from approaching our family while we are at the burn site, especially as we try to gather whatever sentimental items we can find. We ask for your prayers. Thank you. 

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