DENVER (KDVR) — Two children died and several others were injured in an Aurora house fire late Wednesday night.
Aurora Fire Rescue responded to a fire at a multi-story, single-family home in the 2800 block of South Oakland Circle at 11:30 p.m. The neighborhood is north of Cherry Creek Reservoir.
When crews arrived at the home, they found nine people inside. All nine residents were taken to local hospitals.
Family identified the two who died as 9-year-old Jazzmine Brown and 2-year-old Tiffany Lee.
Neighbors describe a frantic scene with firefighters trying to save people from the burning home Wednesday night.
“We saw the whole family paramedics taking them. The most touching thing was the baby, and a firefighter had that little baby in his arms and he was running as fast as he could to get to an ambulance,” neighbor Nan Page-Stevens said.
Four other children remain in critical condition, two adults were treated at the hospital and released and one child was also treated and released.
Aurora Fire Rescue was also able to safely rescue a dog.
Family members devastated over loss
FOX31 spoke with a woman who said she was a relative of the family.
“It’s devastating because they didn’t deserve this. How do you make sense of something like this?” Justina Tucker said.
A woman who lives with the children, also named Tiffany Lee, spoke with FOX31 and said she was at work at the time of the fire.
“When you are a mother, and you get a phone call when you are at work and for them to tell you your house is on fire. And when you try to find your kids and you find out that you’ve two of them that are gone, I don’t know. It’s hard and it hurts,” she said.
“She was so sweet, she was so smart. She was gonna go so many places,” Lee said about one of the girls.
Crews said the fire was quickly brought under control, and crews did not find any other victims inside the home.
“There are 9 patients of which a majority of them were children. It’s a very highly stressful situation,” Aurora Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer Andrew Logan said.
As of Thursday morning, the origin of the fire is under investigation.