FAYETTE COUNTY, Ohio – Three boys and their grandmother died in a house fire in Ohio Friday morning.
Authorities say they found the four bodies near the front door, leading them to believe the grandmother was trying to help the boys get out of the house.
The victims were identified as 60-year-old Terry Harris, 14-year-old Kenyon Harris, 11-year-old Broderick Harris, and 9-year-old Braylon Harris.
Fire officials told WCMH that the children wanted to spend Christmas with their grandmother so she wouldn’t be alone.
“We’ve had tragic fires, but this is unfortunately for this time the most tragic we’ve had to deal with it. It’s a very sad event,” said Sheriff Vernon Stanforth.
The boys’ parents lived two houses away, and were on the scene within minutes.
Counselors were brought in to help the family and friends of the children.
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.