PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Two people died in a Pine Bluff house fire early New Year's Day morning. Fire Chief Shauwn Howell told THV11 the fire started around 1:00 a.m. at a home located at 2309 North Sheraton Drive.
"All we know is that we lost two great aunties," said Jade Gibson, the niece of the two victims.
Howell said three people were in the house at the time of the fire; two of them died, while the third is listed in critical condition. He said a firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation, but has been released from a hospital.
Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said the victims were sisters, identified as Allison O'Neal, 58, and Daisy Roberts, 52.
"We're going to miss them very dearly," said Gibson.
Firefighters continue investigating what may have caused the fire to start.