Family, community mourning deaths of two young girls after house fire
Annie Scholz reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
RACINE- Four young children couldn't escape their Racine home and two of them died. That family and neighbors are struggling with the tragedy.
A grieving community came together to remember Dayja and Dalija Scott. The girls died when a fire ripped through their Linden Avenue home early Thursday morning. Their aunt, Beverly Austin, got the call soon after.
"I jumped out of the bed and I said 'oh my God, this couldn't be happening,'" says Austin.
The fire started in a bathroom. Police officers pushed through heavy smoke to pull a man from the house. Firefighters were able to save the girls' two brothers, Michael and Luther.
"All four of them were always together," says Austin.
While kids in the neighborhood honor their friends, neighbors want to offer any help they can.
"They're just my kids too, we as a community raise each other's children and we come together and look out for one another," says Elaine Ivy.
Something the family is grateful for, as they try to find a way to move forward.
"We need to continue to love one another and support one another because that's what God is all about, is love," says Austin.
The home had no power when the fire started. We Energies won't comment on why, leaving many to wonder just what went wrong. Police say the investigation is ongoing.