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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Three children died and one was hospitalized after a fire damaged a New Albany home. On Monday, Marie Clark, the kids' grandmother, opened up for the first time on how they died in that New Albany home.
"All I can say is, I can barely talk," Clark said. "I can barely breathe right now...three babies at one time...three beautiful, innocent babies at one time. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. The pain is unbearable."
Clark can describe the children all two well. There's Trinity Hughes, age 2. They called her "The Boss." Then there's Tyrese Hughes, age 4: a real momma's boy. And the big sister, Tai'zah, age 6.
It's the first time we're hearing from the family who lost three young children in the fire that ravaged a New Albany home early Saturday morning. Clark says her daughter, Teresa Hughes, took the kids to a friend's house to do laundry because their washing machine didn't work. Clark says her daughter stepped outside for a cigarette with the friend as the kids slept in the bedroom.
She saw the smoke from the fire, but she says she thought it was a neighbor burning wood, and when she realized it wasn't, it was too late.
"I just couldn't fathom...why didn't you go into the flames anyway and try to save them?" Clark said. "Then she [Theresa] said she went to the windows to try to get in, and the neighbor said he heard her screaming, 'Help me get my babies out!'"
Five-year-old Taty'Ana Hughes is the only child to survive. She got out of the bedroom and firefighters rescued her near the front door. She was expected to undergo skin graft surgery Monday afternoon.
Still, Clark says she suffered burns over 20 percent of her body.
"The asthma saved her life," Clark said. "I know the smoke along with the asthma caused her to wake up."
Clark doesn't blame her daughter for the loss. Items to close to a space heater ignited the flames.
"You have to be as careful with these space heaters as you are with your own life, because they can take it," Clark said. "Take your life. Ruin your life. I don't know how I'm going to survive this."