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Pottsville fire victims remembered by family, friends

Vigil Thursday night honored, mourned family lost

Pottsville Fire Victims Remembered

POTTSVILLE, Pa. - It's been four days since a massive fire ripped through a home in Pottsville killing a family of six. Emotions are sill running raw in the community. About 100 people came together Thursday night to honor and mourn the lives lost.

Standing in front of the gutted, burnt out home on Pierce Street friends and neighbors came prayed together, cried together and laughed together.

Eric Brown, his sister-in-law Kristina Thomas, and his four children died in the fire. Mom Kelly Brown was the only survivor.

"Kelly's doing okay, she's taking it really hard," shared good friend Gypsy Williams. "But she's doing okay and she'll be okay and she knows we love her."

Huddled closely by friends, Kelly released balloons for her husband, children and sister and said messages to each one.

"I still love you and I will always love you," she cried. "There will never be another boy like you."

You could feel her pain as she let go, saying goodbye to her family.

"I'll see you up in heaven buddy okay," sobbed Kelly. "I'll try to be as strong as I can possibly be for you, I love you."

Joy, Jeremiah, Emily and Elijah were all under the age of 8. Friends say they will always remember their smiling faces.

"They're loving kids, I know everybody loves them," added Gypsy. "They're very sweet, very kind."

Dozens of yellow balloons were also released into the sky -- a sign of hope for this devastated community.

"I think this gives closure for everybody who supported her," explained Gypsy. "For everybody who supported the firefighters and the police."

It's still not clear what caused the fire.

A joint memorial service is planned for Friday afternoon at the Life Center, Foursquare Gospel Church in Pottsville.

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