Brother and sister identified as victims of deadly Schuylkill County fire

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BUTLER TOWNSHIP, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The bodies of a woman and her young brother have been discovered in a home that burned down early Friday morning in Schuylkill County.

Alison Houser, 29 and her brother, 13-year-old A. J. Charriez died when an old farmhouse on Brown Lane in Butler Township became engulfed in flames.

Officials say they worked through the morning hours to douse the flames which broke out around 12:30 a.m. Friday. Two residents were taken to the hospital for various injuries, their conditions are not currently known.

“We couldn’t have gotten him to get them, too big of a fireball to deal with. We did everything we could to try and prevent it. It was a long effort, but a diligent effort. And we got them out,” Phillip Groody, Deputy Chief of the Fountain Springs Fire Department told Eyewitness News.

Eyewitness News spoke with the family as they gathered through the morning hours, waiting for news from they scene. They say Houser refused to leave Charriez’s side.

“It was my uncle about 12:39 last night, called and said that there was something going on in the area,” James House III of Ashland said. “You never know when it’s going to happen and you never think it’s going to happen to you until something happens, it’s just devastating.”

The cause of the fire, is still being investigated by fire crews.

If you wish to donate to the family in the time of need click here for the GoFundMe page.

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