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Twins killed in house fire suffered from Rheumatoid arthritis

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(WMC-TV) - Investigators in Fayette County are looking for clues after a house fire killed twin sisters.

The fire started Sunday at the home that they shared on Rodeo Road in Rossville.

Neighbors did everything they could to save the sisters. Family members were home, but were not inside when the fire broke out. By the time they noticed the house smoking, it was too late to save the twins, who were bedridden inside.

"We gave it all we had to try to get them, but we just... it was too intense," said the twins' cousin, Derrick Jones.

Jones has seven stitches in his pinky finger. He ran into the fire to try to save the twins, Vickie and Victoria Hathaway.

Severe Rheumatoid arthritis left both women paralyzed from the waist down, completely bedridden.

"There's no words to describe how I feel about this right now," said the victims' brother, Rodney Williams.

Rodney Hathaway claims his sisters may still be alive had there been a fire hydrant anywhere near Rodeo Road, which is in rural Fayette County.

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"You can't put a price on a life man. I don't care how much it costs," said Hathaway. "You gonna tell me it's too expensive to put water hydrants down to keep people from dying."

The twins are described as sweet, king, considerate, and generous.

"And I know they got a place in heaven. They gonna be well missed," said Jones.

The twins were in the same room.

Investigators say the fire started in that area, but they are still searching for what may have caused it.

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