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Fatal Fire Fallout

Kangichy Welle Kangichy Welle
Darrin Akira Darrin Akira

By Beth Hillyer

SALT LAKE (KHNL) -  As bad as it is, some family members say it could have been worse. The fire moved so fast they say it's a miracle more than a dozen children made it out safely. Flames leap into the air from this fast burning fire as 18 people, mostly kids escaped.

Uncle Darrin Akira was there, "I try to take all the kids out of the house but too bad I can't go back in for my nephew the one that I lost."

Another Uncle, Kangichy Welle, explained, "It happened instantaneously, the smoke then the fire then look around get some kids out of one room not knowing he was in the other one."

They realized a five-year-old boy was missing and ran back in.

Kangichy Welle recalled, "It just seemed impossible to get the doors open while the flame already engulfing inside of room."

Family members identify the fire victim as John Rex Ceasar.

"They all contribute work hard to make ends meet now when disaster strike it's unfortunate," said Welle.

Fire investigators search through the rubble and question the family about a possible cause.

The Red Cross is providing the family with shelter and basic necessities. That help lasts only three days. Last night the Red Cross helped out with a grief counselor and teddy bears for all the kids.

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