UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: Officials say the fire started from a kerosene heater placed too close to clothes and furniture in the living room. The fire has been ruled an accident.

The 8-year-old boy has been transferred to a Cincinnati burn center. Earl Drake is still at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

UPDATE 11:30 p.m.:'I'm really in a tragic moment. Those are my two sisters. I love those two to death. I just can't believe they're gone. I've been crying all night and I've not been sleeping,' said Gerarld Cherry.
He identified his sisters as 13-year-old Angel Cherry and 12-year-old Aaliyah Cherry.

Cherry's stepfather, Earl Drake, is in critical condition at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital; the boy is at CHKD.

Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh says they are investigating the cause of the fire.

'We are human and we feel but we are going to have to do our job first and hold our emotions to the side. We do it to get the best results in the investigation,' Fitzhugh said.
AHOSKIE, NC -- Two people were killed and two people were injured when fire swept through a house in Ahoskie early Thursday.

Fire Chief Ken Dilday says crews were called to the single-story home on North Mitchell Street around 3 a.m.

The two people who died were found inside the home; the injured - a man and a boy - were taken to Viadant Hospital, he said.

Authorities didn't confirm who died, but several people in the neighborhood say they were the man's two young daughters.

Gerarld Electronica Cherry said his stepfather and brother survived and his sisters did not.

Ahoskie investigators and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will be back at the home as they work to determine how the fire started.

The names of the victims haven't been released.

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