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One Year Old Twins Killed in Pemiscot County Fire

One Year Old Twins Killed in Fire
By: CJ Cassidy

PEMISCOT COUNTY, Mo. --New details on a deadly house fire in Pemiscot County.  The blaze claimed the lives of one year old twins, and leaves the babies' mother in a hospital.

The 26-year-old mother Deandra Miller was inside the house with another one of her small children and a friend.  By the time they smelled smoke, the fire was out of control, but that didn't stop the young mother from trying to rescue her babies.

"The babies were a little over one year old. Bradley and Alexus were their names. They wouldn't walk or anything, just started crawling not too long ago. They were so precious," Julie Miller says.

Her daughter's family seldom took pictures, so she hangs onto hope time doesn't destroy her memory of her grandchildren, like the fire that destroyed their home.

"I just kept them yesterday. I remember them smiling at me," Miller says.

Fire investigators say a space heater caused the blaze, and autopsy results show the twins died of smoke inhalation.

Still, Miller says Deandra didn't give up without a fight.

"She just wanted to get in there and get them out, and she couldn't," Miller says.

"The flames were already so intense in the room they had to back out no way in the world they could have got to the children," Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell explains.

But even though emergency crews soon had the fire under control, Deandra Miller wasn't out of the woods just yet.

As it turns out, miller's six months pregnant with two boys.

"She has four kids left, she's pregnant again with two more," Miller says.

Now her mother prays Miller stays strong for her children and unborn twins, even as she mourns the loss of her babies.

"Anything anybody can do, we'd sure appreciate it. Those babies didn't have any insurance, and there's no insurance on the house. They didn't have anything, and everything's gone now," Miller says wiping away tears.

Doctors have since reassured family members Deandra Miller and her unborn children are doing well.

The twin's father, Ryan Johnson, wasn't home at the time of the fire.

Funeral arrangements have not been made yet, but we will pass on information to you as it becomes available.

Sheriff Tommy Greenwell also wants to dispel any rumors that a meth-lab was found at the scene.

The sheriff says the fire was purely accidental.

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