The fire call came in to LFD around 10:30 a.m., but crews were already on the way after seeing smoke from their fire house. Even with the quick response, they say the heat and smoke were too dangerous to enter the home once they arrived on scene.
Tyreek Washington, four, and Corey Blocker, Jr., eight, half brothers, were in the bedroom adjacent to the kitchen where the fire began. Their grandmother, Mickie Baker, says they could hear their cries, and then, "that was it."
The boy's mother, along with her daughter and her husband, was inside the home when the fire started. All three escaped unharmed.
Baker was next door manning the daycare she runs out of her home.
An uncle calls the boys "fun-loving." Baker talks about how they fought, but protected each other. Tyreek was starting kindergarten in the fall. Corey was excited for his upcoming birthday, especially the Gameboy he was hoping to get as a gift.
Investigators aren't saying exactly what started the fire, only that it happened at the back of the home near or in the kitchen.
Red Cross is accepting monetary donations to help the family. Comerica Fund will also have a fund in memory of the boys.