Tanyka ran outside with her 5-year-old son Dominic, holding the burning pillow so she could extinguish the flames in her yard.
As she turned around to come back into the home, she noticed her daughters had locked her out, in a playful gesture.
Unfortunately, the pillow was not the only thing to catch fire…her home started to go up in flames as well.
Facebook; Aisha and Lailani smile together above
Tanyka tried to get her daughters to open the door, yelling at them, but apparently both girls are nonverbal and may not have understood what she meant.
“There must have been something else burning in the front room,”, Tammy Dubois, the aunt of both twins, told the Daily Telegraph.
“Tanyka was screaming at them to unlock the door but they didn’t, the poor darlings would have been scared.”
“The girls couldn’t speak, they had their own special language,” She went on to explain, before saying that Tankya and her girls “adored each other.”
Facebook; Aisha and Lailani are pictured above with their big brother Dominic at Halloween
After Tanyka couldn’t get the door open, she ran to windows in her home, trying to break them open so she could get inside, but her attempts were unsuccessful.
It took only 4 minutes for the flames to hit 13 feet in height.
Her neighbors heard her screaming and rushed over to help her, calling 911. Nobody could get inside, and when firefighters and police officers arrived to help, they broke down the front door.
Sadly, they were too late.
Instagram; the girls eat snacks together, above
Both twin girls were lying on the floor, unresponsive, and holding hands. They were not able to be revived.
Levi Ford, Tanyka’s brother, has started a GoFundMe for her, saying, “my sister tragically lost her 3-year-old twin Daughters Aisha & Lailani in a house fire, which claimed not only the lives of these 2 young children but also there home and belongings.”
“Her son has lost all his belongings including toys and clothing. I know how tough times are right now, I’m making a go fund me to help with clothing, food, and other items that may be needed to help her get back on her feet.”
“Also help with funeral costs etc. Losing everything is hard enough without having to worry about financials.”
“Anything no matter how small would be muchly appreciated.” You can donate to the GoFundMe here.
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