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2 killed in Stewart Co. fire on Thanksgiving

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A day that is supposed to be about giving thanks was marred by tragedy for one Stewart County family.

A fire in the Indian Mound community killed two adults as children in the home desperately tried to save them.

A neighbor who helped the children until paramedics got there said the fire moved so quickly through the mobile home that there was no chance of getting to the two adults still inside.

"They just said the house was on fire and their mom was still in there," said Cindy Welker. "That's all we know."

Three children and three adults were inside the mobile home when it caught fire at 6 a.m. Thursday.

"There was flames about 10 feet off the trailer," said Welker.

One of the children knocked on the next-door neighbor's door, pleading for help.

"They were upset," said Welker. "They were wanting to get to their mom."

Argylene Darnell said before she stepped outside, one of the kids, a teenager, had already tried going back in to get his mom and her boyfriend, who were still inside.

"He tried really hard," said Darnell. "I mean, it's your mother. You're going to..."

Firefighters also tried reaching the adults, but they couldn't.

Neighbors said every door and window had flames coming through.

When firefighters tried getting more water to the home, they encountered major problems of their own.

As one of the tankers was crossing a bridge en route to the home, the bridge broke in half and the tanker fell into a creek bed.

The fire chief said crews were still able to respond to the fire on another road, but it took two cranes to pull the tanker up off its side.

In all, it was a terrible start to the holiday that still has neighbors in shock.

"The boys played football in my yard in the summer," said Darnell. "I'm just hoping they're going to be OK."

As far as we know, none of the firefighters were injured when the tanker fell. One of the children was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The fire department has not released a possible cause of the fire.

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