CORINTH, Miss. — A grandmother and her two grandchildren died after an explosion in their Mississippi mobile home.
The deadly fire happened at a home on County Road 540 around 11:30 am on Monday in Corinth.
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The Alcorn County Coroner confirmed to FOX13 Samantha Mason, 46; Crystlyn Brewer, 5; and Dakota Brassfield, 2, were killed. Mason was the children's grandmother.
The state fire marshall's office told FOX13 one of the children was taking apart pieces of a basket and putting it on a propane heater. That heater exploded.
Eva Mason lost her daughter-in-law and two great-grandchildren in the fire.
"My husband said the front of the heater was blown off," she told FOX13.
Eva Mason and other family members got a shovel and broke out a window to try and save them. Family members tried to go inside and get Samantha and the kids, but the smoke was too thick and they fire was too much.
"Every angle that we went...it just seems that the smoke was just coming out at us," Eva Mason said.
Investigators told FOX13 the children made it out of the home, but they later died at a local hospital from injuries sustained in the fire.
The state fire marshall said there were working smoke detectors in the home, but the flames and smoke prevented the family from escaping.
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