SPARKMAN (KATV) -- A Dallas County family
woke up to flames Friday morning, losing not only their home but two young
Law enforcement told
Channel 7 preliminary reports show that after the electricity went out around
midnight in the area that the family decided to light some candles.
Investigators believe it
was those candles that ignited the fire that eventually burned the home down,
and killed three-year-old Jayshawn King, and two-year-old Trayshawn King.
A small flame still
burned at the home late Friday morning at the place the King family called
home. Authorities tell us parents Bobby and Till King managed to escape the
flames with their teenage daughter, but the fire trapped the two younger
children inside the home.
"She had entered the
kitchen in an attempt to put the flames out, but was unable to retard or
extinguish the flames," said Stan McGahee, chief deputy for the Dallas County Sheriff's
"She hollered out to her
other family members, the husband and their daughter was able to get up and get
out of the house, but they were unable to get the two children," McGahee added
about the mother's statements.
The father, Bobby King,
told investigators he tried to break the windows and get the two boys out of
their rooms, an attempt that went unsuccessful before the home was fully
Friday we caught up with
a close friend and neighbor to the family, who had been in contact with the King's
for much of the day.
everything he could to try and save those kids, and he couldn't do it,"
said Oleater Quarles of Sparkman. "That's why he has all this hand injury that
he has, trying to save his kids. I just feel for him, I feel for the whole family,
the whole neighborhood does," said Oleater Quarter.
Two of the family members
escaped uninjured, but Bobby King suffered major injuries to his hand, and we
were told Friday he could be in jeopardy of losing his hand. King apparently
suffered the injury while trying to break the glass of the home and get his
Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:35:49 GMT
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