Mother runs back into burning house to save her children, dies beside them

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MAYSVILLE, Ky. — A mother died with her three children when she ran back into a burning house to try to save them on Tuesday, according to WCPO.

Lori Doppelheuer, 35, and her three children — Christopher Kearney, 10, Eagan Hargis, 3, and Kieran Hargis, 20 months — were killed in a fire in their row house in Maysville.

A neighbor, Marie Castelli, told WCPO that Doppelheuer and the children’s father, Chris Hargis, attempted to rescue their five children. Hargis reportedly went in and out of the home several times trying to save their children.

Two of the children and Hargis survived the fire.

“[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. She got a blanket and ran up to get the boys,” Castelli said.

Castelli added that by the time the father was going back in again, it was too late.

The family’s neighbor, 68-year-old Larry Brickels, was also killed in the fire.

According to Fire Chief Kevin Doyle, the fire appeared to be accidental.

Doyle said at a press briefing the mother and three children were found together in the back part of the house on the upper floor.

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