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Twins killed in mobile home fire

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NEW PORT RICHEY (FOX 13) -

Family members say you didn't see one of the twins without the other. That's why it is so devastating that Micah and Miah were both killed Monday morning.

The fraternal twins, just 3 years old, died as fire swept through their family's mobile home.

"They were very different. Micah, the boy, would talk a little more than Miah. But Miah was a little more risky, explained their aunt, Laurie Mackey.

Neighbors dropped to the ground as they found out about their deaths.

"No mother or parent could ever bear that. It's really hard. I have three teenagers of my own," said Paulette Dorner.

The children died despite the efforts of at least two neighbors and one deputy.

Kristy Holt saw the smoke as she returned home from driving her daughter to school. At first, she thought it was someone burning trash, but decided to go take a look.

She saw the children's mother outside.

"I didn't know what was going on. I pulled up and she told me her babies were in there," Holt said.

Kristy asked her "where", but says the mom couldn't tell her. Kristy ran around the home, looking for a way to get in, but kept getting pushed back.

"I tried to go in through the back window. It was too smoky and I needed a flashlight or something to see. I seen the back of the couch, sizzling."

All morning, family of the twins showed up at the scene. Two other children, 12 and 13, also live in the home. They were at school at the time of the fire.

Grief quickly overtook the family members as they fell into each other's arms.

Sheriff Chris Nocco said it's hard for anyone to take.

"This is just an absolute tragedy for this community, for any citizen, for a parent," he said.

Sabrina Hawkins says she knows the home where the children lived like the back of her hand. She was friends with the former owners.

She had planned to come to her grandmother's house nearby, but was delayed.

Now she wondered if she could have helped find the children, if she had gotten here earlier.

"I think I would have been able to assist in finding the children, because I know the house. I know where each room is," she said.

She added, "It's very difficult, to even wrap your thoughts around it. it's very hard."

Their aunt is asking for prayers.

"I couldn't put myself in their mom's position. I don't know what I would do, losing two children at the same time, and at such a young age. They're so little," Mackey said.

The family lost everything in the fire. Extended family are helping to get donations of clothes and other essentials. A local funeral home, Dobies Funeral Home, is donating cremation services, and the Church of Christ is offering to do the memorial service at no cost to the family.

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