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New Year's Day fire claims lives of father, 3 sons

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (CNN) - A deadly apartment fire in Washington killed a Colorado father and his four sons on New Year's Day.

Chandra Kroeckel, the mother of one of the boys, says her family is devastated.

"I just couldn't believe it. I still can't believe it," Kroeckel said.

Kroeckel lives in Colorado Springs, and David was her ex-husband. Her oldest son, Tristan, also died in the fire.

"They were so young. They were all just babies," Kroeckel said.

Kroeckel said her son's half brothers were only 6, 4 and 2.

There is no word yet as to what started the fire, but Kroeckel said David called her shortly before the fire saying he smelled what he thought was gas.

David's wife Lily, the mother of the three youngest and the only survivor of the fire, was witnessed frantically trying to get back into the apartment.

Kroeckel said their hearts go out to her, especially.

"Our heart goes out to Lily because sure, we lost Tristan, but she lost her whole family," Kroeckel said.

This is the second time Kroeckel has lost a child. Fifteen years ago she lost a son shortly after she gave birth.

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