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Survivors of Johnston County house fire struggling after death of dad, brother

Posted June 15, 2018 5:33 p.m. EDT
Updated June 15, 2018 6:02 p.m. EDT

— The two survivors of the Johnston County house fire last Sunday night are experiencing great loss after the death of their father and 2-year-old-brother. The two young boys who survived the fire – 10-year-old Johnny Creech and 3-year-old Bryson Creech – are now living with their grandmother, Mary Corker.

She said their mother is "out of the picture," and she is caring for the boys on her own with help from family and friends.

"The older one is going through a lot of emotional problems," Corker said. "He has appointments with his psychiatrist, so we hope we can just get both of them through this."

Johnny and Bryson were treated at the hospital on Sunday after the fire for smoke inhalation and their health was cleared, according to Corker.

"We have a funeral bill that's got to be paid, and the kids have lost everything that they had," Corker said. Not only did the boys lose their father and brother in the fire, Corker said, but also all of their clothes and toys.

Family friend Danielle Salter set up a Facebook page to help coordinate donations. She said she hopes to make a proper burial for the youngest boy and receive more clothing donations.

The boy's uncle, Ronnie Hinson, also started a GoFundMe page with a goal of $15,000.