Two Maysville toddlers killed in fire

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MAYSVILLE, KY (FOX19) - Two toddlers are killed during a house fire in Maysville, Ky.

The children's step-grandfather, Daniel Farra, says 3-year-old Brayden Henderson and 2-year-old Kaydence Henderson were killed in the fire.

Farra said the children were staying with their aunt and her boyfriend in an 1 1/2-story, wood-frame house on the 1400 block of E. Third Street. The house sat next to the railroad tracks on the edge of town.

Police said the fire broke out around 1:39 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

"We responded here and found the house fully engulfed in flames," said Lt. Justin Horch of Maysville Police. "At that time, there were a man and female outside. They had sustained some injuries in the hospital Meadowview Local Regional for treatment."

Farra said the aunt's boyfriend ran in to try to save the kids, and was burned during the attempt. Farra said the family moved into the home two weeks ago.

"My wife's in hysterics," said Farra. "She does not want to believe that they're dead. I didn't believe it until I saw the house."

Crews said the house is a total loss.

Lonnie Anderson lives across the street from the home. He said he was watching television inside his home when he first heard a scream. Anderson said he then ran outside to help the family.

"{The aunt's boyfriend} went in and out the house about four or five times trying to get the kids," said Anderson. "On the fifth time, he was about to pass out so I snatched him back out the window. I told him I wasn't going to let him go back out the window, get back in that house. He was going to be the next one. After that, I just held him down. Firemen got here and they had to hold him down, too, to keep him from going back in that house. He tried his best to get in there and get {the children.} God's will, I guess. He just called them on home."

Maysville Mayor David Cartmell also drove down to help. He said he was in a meeting with the children's great-grandmother when she was called to the scene.

"We left, came down the street, saw the fire engines and the ambulances," said Mayor Cartmell. "I went to a real estate closing. Got a call about 15 minutes later, and it turned out it was her great-grandchildren."

Cartmell called the scene "gruesome," and said firefighters were obviously shaken up. "This is an awful thing," he said.

State police are now handling the investigation.

Lt. Horch said police do not suspect foul play.

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