A Missouri mother helplessly witnessed the residential fire that claimed the lives of her four sons early Thursday morning.
According to the Kansas City Star, Tina Brazil returned to the home in Otto with her boyfriend to find firefighters there attempting to battle the blaze.
Her sons, Levi, Max, Cason and Tyler — ages 4 to 14 — were inside, as reported by KTVI.
A neighbor described Brazil as having gone “berserk” upon the realization that her children were trapped inside.
“My children!” she screamed “My kids! My kids!”
Reports indicate several firefighters were required to keep her from rushing into the burning home.
The grieving mother’s sister spoke to reporters about her nephews and the pain Brazil and the rest of the family is feeling.
“Our lives are never going to be the same without them,” Angie Lawrence said.
As for Brazil, she said the mother “lost everything,” describing the four boys as “her life.”
Lawrence declined to elaborate on whether the minors had been left at home alone while Brazil was out.
“She has been through enough,” her sister said.
There are no laws in Missouri dictating a minimum age for children to be left at home
Brazil shared her feelings in a social media post shortly after the fire, writing that she did not “have any words to say how we are all feeling.”
She then went on to offer memories of “Tyler-man,” “Monster Max,” Cason and Levi.
Travis Otto, Brazil’s ex-husband and the boys’ father, was also distraught upon learning of the fatal fire, according to his father.
“He said, ‘Dad, I just need to get outside,” Kenneth Otto said.
Preliminary reports indicate a burning ember from a nearby barbecue might have ignited the fire on the facade of the home. A neighbor discovered the fire overnight and made the initial call to authorities.
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