FOWLKES, Tenn. — Two young children were killed in a house fire in Dyer County Sunday.
Abigail Enochs was 5 years old. Bella Bates was just 3 years old.
The state fire marshal's office is trying to find out what started the fire. It happened in the town of Fowlkes on East Main street around 11 a.m. Sunday.
"Just pain," said Bella's mother, Amber Dowling. "Wish I could have my babies back."
Sunday morning she went to work. She said she left Bella at home with her boyfriend, Cody Enochs, and his daughter Abigail.
"Whenever I went to leave, I looked over the bed to look at all of them. They were sleeping so good," said Dowling.
Enochs said he dozed off while the kids played in the back of the house and woke up to heavy smoke.
"I go and run to the living room. I get to the hallway, and it was dark. I couldn't see. I lost my breath. Next option was to make it to the back door," he said. "I couldn't get the door. I couldn't get the door to open."
"The next thing I know somebody's coming to my work, and said, 'Amber get in my car right now. Your house is on fire,'" said Dowling.
Enochs said the flames grew fast, so he ran to a neighbor's house to get them to call 911. He didn't have a phone.
"I ran back down there. Busting out windows. Trying to get to the girls, and there was no way of getting to them," he said.
Crews said four agencies fought the fire for six hours.
The house is a total loss.
"We lost everything," said Enochs.
A memorial sits in front of the home remembering Bella and Abigail, two girls with contagious smiles and vibrant personalities.
"Just want to hold them, and tell them that I love them so much, and I'll never let them go," said Dowling.
Family and friends will hold a vigil in front of the home Friday at 8 p.m.
Loved ones are also raising money for the children's funeral and to help the parents with clothing and furniture.