BRAZIL, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Two “very young children” have been killed in a trailer fire in western Indiana.
Firefighters responded to a trailer fire in Brazil, 15 miles east of Terre Haute, around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
On Thursday afternoon, Josh Clark, deputy chief of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed that the two individuals who died were “very young children.”
“We are conducting a thorough investigation to find out why two young lives were lost,” Clark said.
“There are still many unanswered questions and conflicting stories, we cannot yet say anything about a cause. We’re trying to get our information right, we just don’t know.” Posey Twp Fire Chief Cody Barnard said.
Barnard said the house was a loss. Red Cross officials have been contacted to assist the family.
Barnard, the state’s fire chief, along with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, is continuing the investigation Thursday morning.
Neighbor, Michael Roberts Muhammad was spending the afternoon with the family and when he heard screaming, he ran into the fire.
“I tried to enter the front door, but the heat was so overwhelming and the smoke was so overwhelming. It was like being pushed back out. I tried to go back in twice, but I couldn’t get in. I couldn’t do anything but fall on my knees and pray,” Mohammed said.
Information on the two victims is limited. Neighbor Ashley Bratcher said her young son befriended the family.
‘He played with the little girl; he loved her. It’s so heartbreaking because he can’t play with her now and he won’t understand why or what happened,” Bratcher said.
Northview Country Estates is described as a quiet neighborhood. Leeann Chandler was lying in bed on Wednesday when she heard screams and saw the room quickly fill with smoke.
“It was horrifying to watch, knowing they were still there and there was nothing we could do,” Chandler said.
Neighbors lean on each other and ask for community support.
“Pray for the family, pray for us neighbors, because we are not well and we are struggling. Hold your babies tight and protect them,” Bratcher added.
Clarke said more information would be released Friday morning.
This is an evolving story, Zeke Torres from WTWO/WAWV will be following up on any updates we receive throughout the day and tonight on our evening newscasts.