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Two children dead after overnight house fire in Dallas County

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SPARKMAN (KATV) -- A Dallas County family woke up to flames Friday morning, losing not only their home but two young children.

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 Department.

"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 engulfed.

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.

"Bobby done 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 children out.