Mother of twins killed in Kentucky house fire dies at hospital

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TOTZ, Ky. (WATE) – The mother of two three-year-old twins found dead after a house fire in Harlan County, Kentucky, has now also died.

Kentucky State Police say Allyson Howard, 42, died in a hospital Wednesday in Augusta, Georgia. Her family said 83 percent of her body was severely burned. Her husband Dennis Howard remains in critical condition.’

“Numb,” said her mother, Vicki Blakley while describing how she’s felt over the last few days. 

Blakley said her daughter had severe burns from the fire on 84% of her body. Their family, by her side since Monday, at a hospital in Georgia. 

“We all were just so concerned about her mental health that even if she survived this, how would she ever get over losing these babies, if she ever would,” said Blakley. 

Her children, Alex and Olivia, 3-year-old twins turning 4 in June, were her life, according to Blakley. 

Home videos and shared photos documented the family’s last day spent together, Blakley said it was the day before Easter. She planned an Easter egg hunt for her grandchildren, all four under the age of 5. 

“It was just gonna be a very special day and it turned out to be a special day. They had such a great time playing together that day, such a special day,” said Blakley. 

Blakley said Howard “loved being a mother” and “nothing made her happier.” She said Howard went back into the home during the fire, without question or hestitation, for her children. 

“Apparently there was alot of fire, a lot of smoke. She worked hard trying to find those children,” said Blakley.

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The home on Ky. 522 in the Totz community caught fire just after 11 a.m. Monday morning. The twins’ bodies were found a few hours later.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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