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Family lost in fire

UPDATE: The viewing will be Friday at Advantage Funeral Services Mid Del Chapel located at 412 N. Air Depot Blvd. in Midwest City. The Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First Southern Baptist located at 6400 S. Sooner Rd. in Del City.

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — Lindsey Terry’s sister is still trying to wrap her mind around what happened to her sister and two small nephews on Sunday.

All three died in a fire at the Raintree Meadows Apartments in Midwest City.

For some reason, they were not able to make it out of their burning apartment.

Lacy Paylor believes the smoke was so thick that it probably disoriented her sister and kept her from being able to escape.

She said she knows Lindsey would have done everything she could to save herself and her two little boys.

“I’ve always came to her rescue. She’s my little sister and I couldn’t this time,” Paylor said.

She watched helplessly Sunday as thick black smoke poured from her sister’s apartment.

Their mother, Cheryl, lived in the same building on the first floor.

Lindsey called her from inside the burning apartment.

“She actually called her and told her she couldn’t get out and then it got cut off,” Paylor said.

Paylor said Lindsey’s children were everything to her.

Even to the very end, she was shielding 4-year-old Dylan and 2-year-old John John.

“That’s what I was told when they pulled them out is she was kind of crouched over them because she got some pretty bad burns on the backside of her from protecting them,” Paylor said.

Lindsey will never have to know the pain of losing her children; she departed this world with them.

She did leave behind a third child; 7-year-old Destiny, who wasn’t home at the time of the fire.

“She’s a firefly. She’s my little princess. She’s got a long road ahead of her. I don’t think she fully understands,” Paylor said.

She will now face life without her mother and brothers.

The family takes some comfort in knowing where Lindsey and her sons have gone.

“They already had wings though, I mean, they were all little angels,” Paylor said.

The family said investigators have ruled the fire accidental but still don’t know exactly what caused it.

Even though Lindsey had burns on her back fire officials told the family they believe it was the smoke that killed her.

The family has set up a fund to help with funeral expenses at Chase Bank.