June 15, 2016 05:48 PM
Officials have identified two young siblings killed in an Ohio house fire.
Anastasia Amatulli says her niece and nephew had been visiting her in Columbus from St. Paul when the blaze broke out about 5:56 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Fire officials say 12-year-old Aaron Foster was found dead 5-7 feet from the front door that neighbors had tried to break down. Nine-year-old Kathryn Foster was found in a hallway.
"You should never have to bury your kids, no one is ever really ready for death, especially when it's a child," said Kelly O'Connor.
The parents are Brian and Laura Foster of St. Paul. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reporter Brett Hoffland spoke to the parents on Wednesday and they told him that Aaron and Kathryn were both full of life and they miss them greatly.
"It was a really cool relationship that they had, where you saw one, you saw the other," said Krista Boland, the kid's aunt.
The sibling's aunts Krista Boland and Kelly O'Connor say that Aaron was witty and funny, and Kathryn was always happy and loved babies. Aaron was about to enter the 6th grade and Kathryn was about to be in the 4th grade.
"It's going to be hard without them, it's unimaginable," Boland said. "They were both the most grateful kids I ever met."
Amatulli and her 23-year-old son escaped the burning home. She says her son stays in the home's basement with a space heater and other electrical items plugged in, and investigators have said the fire may have started there.
Police say the fire appears to be accidental. Firefighters say the home didn't have any smoke detectors.
An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death, said battalion chief Steve Martin of the Columbus Fire Department. He said an investigation into the cause could take two weeks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Updated: June 15, 2016 05:48 PM
Created: June 15, 2016 06:23 AM
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