AHOSKIE, HERTFORD COUNTY -

Investigators have determined the cause of a house fire that killed two young girls in Ahoskie Thursday morning.

According to Ahoskie Fire Chief Ken Dilday, a kerosene heater too close to "something combustible" caused the fire on the 400 block of N. Mitchell St. at about 3 a.m. Thursday.

Two sisters, 12-year-old Aaliyah Cherry and 13-year-old Angel Cherry, were killed by the house fire, said their brother, Gerarld Cherry. The girls were pronounced dead at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, according to Ahoskie Police.

"They said they wanted to be, they wanted to grow up to be successful like me and go to college and everything. I just can't believe that opportunity just got taken away from them," Gerald said.

The girls' father, 54-year-old Earl Drake, and their 8-year-old brother, were airlifted to a burn center in Virginia, police said. The two were then taken to Cincinnati, Ohio, for further treatment, according to family. Both were listed in critical condition as of Thursday evening, and the 8-year-old boy has burns on 50 percent of his body.

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Family members have identified the two girls killed in a house fire in Ahoskie Thursday morning, investigators said.

Aaliyah Cherry 12, and Angel Cherry, 13, were killed in the house fire on the 400 block of N. Mitchell St, according to the girls' brother. The Ahoskie Police Department said the fire started at about 3 a.m. Thursday.

The girls were pronounced dead at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, said investigators.

Their father, 54-year-old Earl Drake, and their 8-year-old brother were airlifted to a burn center in Virginia, according to police. There is no word on their conditions.

The Ahoskie Police Department is working with the State Bureau of Investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

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Two people were killed in a house fire in Ahoskie early Thursday, said Hertford County emergency officials.

The fire happened at about 3 a.m. Thursday at a single-story home on North Mitchell Street, according to Chief Ken Dilday of the Ahoskie Fire Department.

Dilday said two people inside the home died. Their identities have not been released.

In addition, a man and a child were injured in the fire. According to ABC affiliate WVEC, the two hurt were taken to a hospital.

The cause of the fire is unknown. The Ahoskie Police Department and the SBI are investigating.

NewsChannel 12 has a crew on the way to the scene.