Lori Doppelheuer, a 35-year-old Kentucky mother of five died on Oct. 20 after she reportedly ran back into her burning home to try and save her children. In total, two adults and three kids were killed in the fire.
Doppelheuer and the children’s father, Chris Hargis, attempted to rescue all five of the couple’s kids, reportedly running in and out of the Maysville, Kentucky, home several times to save them, according to neighbor Marie Castelli.
“[Doppelheuer] came out and said, ‘Where is the boys?’ and ‘He left them in the room because he was going to get back and get them, he can’t carry five kids,’ and then she didn’t wait for him to do it,” Castelli told WCPO. “She got a blanket and ran up to get the boys.”
By the time Hargis went back into the burning house, it was too late.
Doppelheuer and three of her children -- Christopher Kearney, 10, Eagan Hargis, 3, and Kieran Hargis, 20 months -- were found dead together in the back part of the house, according to a press release.
“It was very evident that they were trying to get out," Maysville Fire Chief Kevin Doyle said, according to ABC News.
The family's neighbor, 68-year-old Larry Brickels, was also killed in the fire.
Hargis and two of his children survived the fire.
Investigators believe the blaze began in a closed-in porch area at the back of the house. Police have stated that the fire was probably accidental, though the cause is still under investigation. The smoke detectors were reportedly not working in the family's home.
According to Doyle, 40 firefighters aided in battling the fire, which displaced about 30 people in the row houses that caught fire.