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Three sisters pulled from Fayette fire

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    Smoky walls inside apartment 91 in the Fayette Housing Community tell the nightmare that happened early Monday morning.  Neighbors thought they heard an explosion.  A neighbor, Mario Prewitt described it as "A boom -- I guess like when a gas line catches, I don't know."

     But, fire fighters believe the blaze started in the kitchen.  Three young girls...ages one, four and six...were sleeping. "The kids were screaming at first. But, I guess they like passed out,"recalled Prewitt.  "I just saw flames coming out the back. So, when I saw that I came over here," said another neighbor.

    Relatives living nearby began breaking windows to get the children out. "People that were there, they were helping," said the brother of the children's grandfather.  He helped a firefighter rescue the youngest child. "I walked over to the window and he was looking for the little baby. And I saw her because he was shining his light around. He picked her up and he handed her to me and we got her out.

   As they pulled the children out-- one by one -- neighbors watched in tears... "I'm hoping everything is ok with them. It hurt me just seeing them laid out like that and they weren't moving.  They weren't breathing and it just hurt me."

    Two of the children were airlifted to Children's hospital in Birmingham.  The other was transported by ambulance with his mother who was not injured.  All of the children largely suffered smoke inhalation and were still in the Intensive Care Unit Wednesday evening.

    One of two other adults who were in the apartment at the time was slightly injured and treated at a hospital in Fayette.

   

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