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Prayer service Wednesday for mourning Maysville fire victims

An early morning fire Tuesday killed 5 people in Maysville, the mayor said. (The Ledger Independent/Terry Prather) An early morning fire Tuesday killed 5 people in Maysville, the mayor said. (The Ledger Independent/Terry Prather)
Among the dead are three children and two adults, the mayor said. (The Ledger Independent/Terry Prather) Among the dead are three children and two adults, the mayor said. (The Ledger Independent/Terry Prather)
Fire crews remain on scene of the fatal fire on Second Street. (FOX19 NOW/Dan Wells) Fire crews remain on scene of the fatal fire on Second Street. (FOX19 NOW/Dan Wells)
(Photo: Sue Shumate Groves) (Photo: Sue Shumate Groves)
A sunflower and candle were left to remember those in the community (Photo: Frankie Jupiter, FOX19 NOW) A sunflower and candle were left to remember those in the community (Photo: Frankie Jupiter, FOX19 NOW)
MAYSVILLE, KY (FOX19) -

A memorial has been made in the 200 block of West Second Street following a tragic fire that killed five people and displaced 30 others.

The community is came together in a prayer circle held by FaithWay Baptist Church Wednesday night in Maysville's Rotary Park.

"The whole city is in mourning. It has touched everyone here," Maysville Mayor David Cartmell told FOX19 NOW Morning News in a live interview Wednesday. 

Two adults and three children died in a large fire that hit several apartments in a row of 1840s brick homes early Tuesday. 

Maysville police identified the victims as: Larry Brickels, 68; Lori Doppelheuer, 35; Christopher Kearney, 10; Eagan Hargis, 3; Kieran Hargis, 1.

Funeral arrangements are pending. 

Mason County Intermediate Schools posted a message remembering 10-year-old Kearney.

There were no working smoke detectors in the upper-level apartment where the three children and their mother died, fire officials have said.

Preliminary reports indicate the fire started on a back covered porch of one of the units where the fifth victim, an elderly man, lived. His apartment did have a working smoke detector. He died at Meadowview Regional Medical Center.

Firefighters said they found the homes fully engulfed in flames when they arrived about 1 a.m. Multiple fire crews assisted. The cause remains under investigation, but it is believed to be accidental.

"I mean it's a huge loss, I mean I can't even tell you what a loss it is. We've lost five....five very dear, dear people in this community and its indescribable.  I don't even know what to say," said Christa Moore, a neighbor. 

"The mother apparently tried to save the children and was overcome," the mayor said. "It's just a real tragedy."

A damage estimate was not immediately available.

The homes appear to have sustained heavy damage, and the mayor said the roof caved in.

It's not clear if the homes, which have common walls, can be salvaged, he said.

The American Red Cross arrived at 2 a.m. to begin helping several displaced residents.

Rebecca Cartmell, the disaster volunteer, said they served breakfast, hot coffee and handed out blankets.

Volunteers remained throughout the day and also helped first responders.

"We are assisting the victims with their emergency needs and hope to help them with their future recovery plans," she said. "I'd say this is a recovery we will be involved in for several weeks."

This is not the first time a fire has killed children in Maysville.

Two toddlers, 2 and 3, died in a February 2011 blaze that broke out in a wood-frame house in the 1400 block of E Third Street.

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