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UPDATE: Vigil held for father, daughter killed in Walker Co. fire Saturday

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UPDATE: Family and friends are remembering the lives of Curtis Provens and his daughter Jackiya, the two died in a house fire over the weekend.

Curesha Provens lost her father and 12-year-old sister in that house fire.

Curesha wanted to bring friends and family together to support one another and honor two people she still can't believe are gone.

Family and friends surrounded a parking lot and burning candles sat on the ground outlining the initials J.P. and C.P.

People were remembering 12-year-old Jackiya and her father, Curtis.

"The house I grew up in is gone; the man I grew up with is gone, and my sister is gone," said Curesha through tears.

Curesha, friends, and family released balloons in memory of Jackiya and Curtis. 

Red and gold balloons were for Curtis, "Gold and red, Superman,” explained Curesha, “That's who he was to me, Superman."

And the purple balloons are in memory of Jackiya.

"The purple is because she said, 'purple is royalty! I am royal!'” recalled Curesha, “And I [would] say yes you are princess. You're royal."

Releasing the balloons was difficult, many tears followed. Curesha said in moments like the balloon release she’s reminded she isn’t alone, and she is holding on to every good memory she can.

"It makes me feel better because at first I thought I was in this by myself," Curesha said.

Firefighters are still looking into what caused the fire. The fire marshal tells Channel 3 fire investigators could not find smoke detectors in the house.

PREVIOUS STORY: A fire at a Walker County home claimed two lives early Saturday morning.

Firefighters responded to the blaze on Dry Valley Road around 1:00 am.

Walker County Fire Marshall Paul Linder said the home was 80 percent involved when firefighters arrived.

He added that the fire was very hot, but firefighters were able to do a quick search of a bedroom. They were unable to find anyone, though.

Family members say 51-year-old Curtis Provens and 12-year-old Jackiya Provens lost their lives in the fire.

An investigation into what caused the fire is underway, and the home is a total loss.

Linder said they were unable to find any smoke detectors in the home. He wants to remind everyone of the importance of having working smoke detectors.

Stay with Channel 3 as we learn more about this developing story.



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