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NORMAN, Okla. – A family is waiting to find out what caused a fire that killed a Norman father and his young daughter Wednesday morning.

The blaze broke out just before just before 3:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of Richardson Dr.

Three-year-old Amber Finley and her father, 24-year-old Cory Finley, didn’t make it out.

Walking through ashes of the burnt home, Andra Finley holds pictures of her baby.

She could only shake her head in disbelief.

“She was too little,” the mother said.

She said she did what any mother would do knowing firefighters couldn’t save her family.

“I started screaming and started crying,” she said. 

Cory was her high school sweetheart; they were separated but working to get back together.

The father and daughter lived with Cory’s parents.

They are truck drivers and were gone when the blaze broke out.

“It’s very tragic,” neighbor Ed Moore said. “Young man and his daughter just starting out in life, so to speak, didn’t have a chance.”

Firefighters said the flames were too powerful when they arrived.

They immediately ran in to save the father and daughter but nothing could be done to save Amber and Cory.

“The whole family lost a beautiful girl,” Andra said. “The whole family lost an amazing boy. He was awesome himself. He was very, very smart. He was a very good dad.”

It took firefighters more than two hours to put out the smoke and flames.

Two-thirds of the house was destroyed.

A fire that took two lives and has left Andra’s destroyed as well.

“I had my daughter,” she said. “She’s the only family I had. We baked cupcakes on Monday. She’s a 3-year-old little girl. She’s beautiful. She’s gone.”

A fund has been set up to cover the cost for the funerals.

The account is under the name Vonda Gafford or Amy Babb at any Chase Bank location in Oklahoma or Texas.