FORT DODGE, Iowa — Fire investigators are back at a Fort Dodge home Monday, trying to find out what caused a fire that claimed the lives of a woman and two children Sunday afternoon.
The Fort Dodge Fire Department released the names Monday of those killed in the weekend fire.
Twenty-five-year-old Amy Devlin, her six month old son Bryce Devlin, and five-year-old Joseph Kennedy in an upstairs bedroom after the fire was put out.
The flames were so intense, firefighters and neighbors could not get inside the burning home.
“Ran up there and you could hear the kids and female crying, it was a helpless feeling,” says neighbor Teresa Remington. She was there as four of the seven people inside the home got out.
Paramedics took them to the hospital, some in serious condition.
The fire started around 12:45 Sunday afternoon and there was heavy smoke and flames pouring from the home.
Crews were also dealing with icy conditions. Extremely cold temperatures had the water freezing on the ground.
After the flames were knocked down, firefighters found the bodies of Devlin, her son Bryce, and Joseph Kennedy.
Fire Chief Kent Hulett says firefighters wish they could have done more.
“Our firefighters were extremely stressed and disappointed that we couldn’t get in immediately to get the rescue. We knew there were people inside, but the volume of the fire just precluded an interior fire attack. We could not put our fire fighters in there with the volume of fire and it was really frustrating that we couldn’t get in there right away,” says Hulett.
The home was being rented by one family, but relatives were also staying there.
The State Fire Marshal is helping with the investigation into the cause of the fire.