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Fire kills twin girls, great-grandmother

Madisynn and McKynsee Spencer (Source: Spencer Family) Madisynn and McKynsee Spencer (Source: Spencer Family)
Nancy Spencer (Source: Spencer Family) Nancy Spencer (Source: Spencer Family)

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LUDLOW, KY (FOX19) - Two 4-year-old twin girls, Madisynn and McKynsee Spencer, and their 72-year-old great-grandmother, Nancy Spencer, have died in a house fire in Ludlow.

The fire began around 11 p.m. Thursday night on Elm Street. Ludlow fire chief Matt Chastain says he got to the home within 30 seconds of the call, but when he arrived the fire had already spread throughout the house.

Firefighters from Ludlow, Bromley, Covington and Fort Wright were able to rescue the girls' father, Dustin Spencer, from the third floor. Their mother, Mary Beth, sister, Christina, 11, and brother, Ethan, 2, also escaped.

Dustin Spencer says he had just fallen asleep when he was awaken by the smell of smoke.

"I tried to get downstairs, smoke just knocked me down," he said.

He was able to escape by kicking out a window and climbing down a firefighter ladder.

Christina Renaker was taken to Shriner's Hospital with burn injuries. Her condition is unknown. Beth Spencer was also taken to the hospital to be checked out, but has been released.

Chastain says the fire began in the middle of the home, but a cause has not yet been determined.

Dustin Spencer told 700WLW's Bill Cunningham that the gas had been turned off at the home because they were behind on payments from a high bill last winter. He suspects the fire was caused by space heaters the family was using to keep warm, saying the electricity in the old home was "not good."

A clerk at the Shell gas station across the street, Michael Baxley, noticed the fire and tried to help the girls get out, but he left the home with the ceiling started to collapse.

"That's all she (Mary Beth Spencer) kept screaming was, 'my babies,'" said Baxley. "Then when that happened, I asked, 'which room are they in?' I ran in the room she said they were in and the ceiling started coming down really fast."

Dustin Spencer says his twin girls will be remembered for their smiles.

"They loved anybody and everybody. They were best friends," he said. "Anybody who ever came in contact with them, it was all smiles."

The home was owned by Nancy Spencer. Dustin Spencer said it had been in their family for 50 years.

Friends of the family have been leaving all sorts of stuffed animals and teddy bears with notes and prayers for encouragement and strength, even twin baby dolls to represent the twin girls lost in the fire.

Funeral arrangements are unknown at this time.

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