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Family searching for answers in fatal fire

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As the Lucas County Coroner continues the autopsies on the family of five that died in Tuesday's fire in Seneca County, loved ones of the Hamilton family are preparing for visitation and funeral services.

The great grandmother of the Hamilton kids says the family had just returned from a trip to Wisconsin.

Thursday she got on her knees in front of what is left of that home and prayed for her family and for answers.

A wooden cross now stands in front of the yard of the old Hamilton family farmhouse.

A heartbroken woman from Huron placed flowers there on Thursday.

"How does anyone feel when you have five, five lives just disappear just in no time at all," says Jean Adams.

Adams is the grandmother of Holly Hamilton who lived in that home with her husband.

Adams is the great grandmother of the three kids: 6-year-old Linkin, 8-year-old Jaxon, and 12-year-old Olivia.

Adams used to visit once a week, but this is her first time here since a fire destroyed the home early Tuesday morning.

"They had just got back from Wisconsin because Joe had sickness in his family," says Adams. "They went all the way up there and all the way back and then they're gone."

Adams wants answers. Where in the home did the fire start? What sparked the fire?

The State Fire Marshall's Office says the cause remains under investigation.

"Fires like this, sometimes it takes a while and sometimes you never know," says Dean Henry, the Seneca County Public Information Officer.

Henry doesn't know much about the Hamilton home, only that it's old.

"I don't know how long it has been there. There was a wood burning stove in the home," says Henry.

Standing in front of the charred debris, Adams clutches a ball her great grand kids used to play with.

It's a ball that moved all over the yard as firefighters fought the flames and dug the family of five out of the rubble.

Adams is taking the toy home with her as a memento of her family: five people she prays rest in peace.

"They light up your life, what can I say?" says Adams. " Holly and Joe. We're a huge family and we're a tight family. They just light up your lives, especially the children."

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