NESCOPECK, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Officials have released more information in regards to the deaths of 10 people, including three children, whose remains were found in a fierce fire early Friday morning in Luzerne County.
Walking up to the scene of an unspeakable tragedy in Nescopeck. Six-year-old Violet Troell and her mom placed flowers near the ruins of what was a home on the 700 block of First Street.
“Her dad’s side has a real big family, so a lot of her cousins, aunts, uncles, they all perished in this horrible fire and she’s completely heartbroken over it. She was close to all of them,” said Brittany Lyons who is a family member of the victims.
Among the charred debris are stuffed animals and plaques that bear the names of the three youngest victims.
“I just miss my cousins,” said family member, Violet Troell.
The coroner has now determined smoke inhalation as the cause of death for three adult females, one adult male and a 7-year-old girl. With each update comes more heartbreak for family members.
“We’re devastated, heartbroken, disbelief. Why? Why did it happen? I just don’t understand. Any fires are scary, any tragedy is scary, but you don’t think, oh, this is going to happen to me, You don’t think about that,” said Brittany.
State police are leading what they refer to as a “complex criminal investigation” as the search for answers continues.
“I hope that we get justice for what has happened here,” said Brittany.
Violet shares this message to her loved ones who passed away. “I miss you.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up by the Mayor of Nescopeck’s daughter to help the family.
Donations can also be brought to the Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Company, located at 325 Warren Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635. If you have questions, call the fire company at (570) 752-5461.