Neighbors mourn the death of a family after late night house fire

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A young girl and her parents are dead after an overnight fire.
The Fayette County Coroner says 8-year-old Cassie Brown and her parents, 54-year-old Jeffrey K. Brown and 59-year-old Nancy Brown died at UK Hospital today from burns and smoke inhalation after their house caught fire early this morning.
The Lexington Fire Department says they were called to the home off Laurel Hill Drive just before 3:30 this morning.
When firefighters arrived they say they could see smoke coming from the house.
Firefighters say they pulled four people, two adults and two children from the home.
All were taken to the hospital in critical condition where Jeffrey, Nancy and Cassie Brown died.
The second child remains in critical condition.
Firefighters say a fifth resident, believed to be the couples’ third child, was found at her nearby grandmother’s house.
Investigators say they believe she was able to escape from the house before firefighters arrived.
Many neighbors today are in shock after learning about the deadly fire.
Neighbors off Laurel Hill Drive say this community is very tight knit, so when they found out that Cassie, Jeffrey and Nancy Brown died after a fire in their home early this morning they say the neighborhood was devastated.
“It’s unreal and really devastating to know that my number one helper won’t be back,” said Alice Lanman, a neighbor.
Alice Lanman lives next door to the Browns and says she saw the family and their kids almost every day.
“Cassie would knock on the fence and say Alice, Alice what can we do today and Wiley was always right behind her saying can I water something,” said Lanman.
Lanman says she actually woke up early this morning and heard something outside.
“My dog woke me up in the middle of the night about 2:45. Something seemed kind of off,” said Lanman.
Lanman says she tried to go back to sleep when minutes later.
“The street was filled with fire trucks, ambulances and police cars and they were dragging people out. Two people were getting CPR performed upon them in the front yard,” said Lanman.
Lanman says it wasn’t until around noon that she learned Jeffery, Nancy and Cassie had died and says she’s still trying to come to terms with such a tragedy.
“We played all the time. We had picnics, water balloon fights. They helped me pretend mow the lawn. We watered the garden every night. They were always such a help and such a joy. So I really don’t think life will be the same without them next door,” said Lanman.
Many of the neighbors say they still really haven’t processed everything that happened but say their thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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