HARDIN COUNTY, Texas -- A prayer service was held Wednesday evening for a mother and her five children who died in an overnight house fire.
Family and friends gathered to remember the family at a vigil held at Silsbee High School.
The victims have been identified as 31-year-old Ashley Pickering and her five children, Christian, 11, Serenity, 7, twins Cavence and Cash, 4, and Camden, 3.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the Silsbee Fire Department responded to the house fire around midnight Wednesday after getting a call from a neighbor.
The six bodies were discovered in the burned home.
“Very emotional scene… It’s very tough. We got the first alarm call came in on the fire about 12:15 this morning so just shortly after midnight. A neighbor reported some flames from an apartment. It’s actually behind the main home on the street where we are. Silsbee Fire responded. While they’re working to extinguish the fire, they began to find victims in the rubble... in the remains of the apartment that’s here,” said Sheriff Davis.
Investigators believe the cause of the fire was accidental but they are still collecting evidence at this time.
The older children were students in Silsbee ISD. The district is offering support to students and staff members.
Silsbee is located about 20 miles north of Beaumont.
(KBMT contributed to this story.)
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