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Neighbors mourn after house fire kills baby

Investigators in Trumann, AR, are still trying to figure out what caused a house fire Friday that killed a 13-month-old baby and as the family prepares for a funeral, neighbors who stepped in to help are still heartbroken. Investigators in Trumann, AR, are still trying to figure out what caused a house fire Friday that killed a 13-month-old baby and as the family prepares for a funeral, neighbors who stepped in to help are still heartbroken.

(WMC-TV) - Investigators in Trumann, AR, are still trying to figure out what caused a house fire Friday that killed a 13-month-old baby and as the family prepares for a funeral, neighbors who stepped in to help are still heartbroken.

"We kept screaming ‘Where are the babies and what room they were in' and everything," said Donna Greene, a neighbor who helped rescue the children.

Greene remembers hearing the cries for help the day a house fire killed the 13-month-old.

Trumann police say 13-month-old twins Drake and Blake Pierce, along with their 3-year-old brother Robert, were inside a house on Dog Wood Drive in Trumann when the fire broke out.

Blake Pierce died in the blaze.

"It's like losing your own child," Greene said. "It's really tragic for all of us around here cause everybody knew them. Everybody knew the children."

Police say a 17-year-old boy was also inside the house when the fire started. It's believed he was babysitting the three kids. He was taken to Saint Bernard's Hospital in Jonesboro for treatment.

Greene, who was one of first neighbors on the scene, said they had to use baseball bats to break out windows to try and rescue everyone inside.

"We went through this window here in the beginning and nobody could see," she said. "So we went to the back and broke that window. That's where we found the twins beside each other in the baby bed."

While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, Trumann police do not believe foul play is involved.

"I just want my prayers to go out to the parents and let them know we're praying for them," Greene said.

Drake Pierce is in critical condition at Le Bonheur. His older brother Robert is listed in satisfactory condition.

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