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2 firefighters pull children from burning building

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WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC) -

Two West Memphis firefighters proved they are heroes by rescuing two children from a burning apartment Friday morning.

Acting Lt. Darryl Bell and Firefighter James Allensworth pulled the children from a burning building in the 100 block of Stuart Street in West Memphis, Arkansas.

"It was very scary," said neighbor Stacey Tuggle. "I was asleep and I woke up to someone outside screaming and I came to the door and looked out my front door and the flames were just coming out her front door."

Tuggle then called 911 as her neighbor, Marquesha Franklin, struggled to get two of her three children out of the burning apartment.

When crews arrived, someone had already pulled 2-month-old Syldarius from the apartment. The firefighters then pulled the other two children from a back bedroom.

Firefighters pulled 14-month-old Syvannah through a window.  MaKaya, 10, suffered the worst of the injuries.

"She wasn't responding or breathing at first," explained the children's grandfather, Donald Anderson. "They got her back breathing and they took her over there and we've been there since 5 o'clock this morning."

Crews took MaKaya to Le Bonheur, where they learned 48 percent of her body was badly burned. She was then airlifted to Little Rock, Arkansas.

"I'm trying to pray for my grandbaby right now," said Anderson. "We gotta go to Little Rock but I wanted to stop and see exactly what went on here."

Franklin moved into the apartment last week. Anderson said his daughter already reported a problem with wiring in the apartment.

"If there was a faulty wire, they should have never let my daughter come in here and stay," Anderson added. "If it can happen to her, it can happen to anybody down here. So something's gotta be done."

Investigators have not released the initial cause of the fire. Family members said they did not have a working smoke detector.

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