Family of 3, including 10-year-old child, dead in Buckingham County house fire

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BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, (WRIC) — The Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that three people are dead after a house fire early Monday morning.

Authorities responded to the call just before 6 a.m. at a home in the 20300 block of James Anderson Highway. After extinguishing the blaze, the remains of the three people were found inside.

Authorities have not yet identified the victims, however a family member told 8News at the scene that her daughter was one of the people killed.

Sharon Nelson confirmed her daughter, Colette Booker, and her daughter’s family, Earl Booker and a 10-year-old child named Nayquarius, as the victims. Dozens of family members gathered at the scene Monday.

Earl Booker seen with a black hat on (bottom left, right), Colette Booker (top left, right) and Nayquarius (bottom left). Photos provided by the family of Earl Booker

“I never could’ve imagined,” Derek Tucker, Earl Booker’s son-in-law told 8News Monday. “It’s just a sad moment right now. We want just want to get to the bottom of it.”

Tucker says many at the scene were left speechless.

“It is rough,” Tucker said. “For me, I can’t assess those because I have to be strong for my wife so for others like her and anybody else, they’re probably taking it rough.”

Nelson also told 8News Monday that her grandchild, Colette’s son, was killed in a crash in August. The victim was identified by Nelson as 16-year-old Deondre Booker.

“I buried my grandson just last month,” Nelson shared with 8News.

The home was completely destroyed in the blaze but it has not been determined how the fire started. Investigators are looking through the debris for evidence in order to “determine if the fire was accidental or suspicious in nature,” state police said.

8News is speaking with friends and family members who gathered at the scene Monday. Check back for updates.

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