By Alex Fees
Bunker, MO (KSDK) - Reynolds County Sheriff Tom Volner said Monday the investigation continues into a weekend house fire that killed two infant brothers.
The boys, ages 3 months and 2 years, are from Ellington, Missouri. They died about 1:30 a.m. Saturday while staying at the home of a Bunker woman, who is an acquaintance of the boys' mother.
Volner and volunteer Bunker Fire Chief Dennis Parker are not releasing details about the cause of the fire, whether it is suspicious, or the identity of the boys.
The home is located along Highway 72 in Bunker, which is south of Salem. Investigators say an adult and three other children were able to escape from the fire.
A neighbor, Angel Pratt, 16, said she and her dad tried to rescue the boys.
"The neighbor came to my house, panicking, freaking out," said Pratt, "asking if we could call 911. So we called 911. We woke my dad up and ran over here; got dressed and ran over here. And tried saving the boys. By the time we got to that tree the window exploded and the roof fell in on the boys."
Pratt said the boys' names are JJ and Charlie.
"They were wonderful," said Pratt. "We had them all the time. They helped us decorate our Christmas tree. Charlie was so innocent. And JJ was only three months old."