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Fund established for children killed in Arkansas house fire

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Joey & Jonas Jones (Source: GoFundMe) Joey & Jonas Jones (Source: GoFundMe)
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3:45 p.m. UPDATE: The American Red Cross was on the scene and will be providing aid to the family in the form of emergency food and clothing, funeral assistance and mental health services, a local official with the group said Wednesday.

Pat Lendennie said Arkansas Red Cross volunteers are also reaching out to Red Cross volunteers in Memphis, who will be working with the injured woman as well.

The sister of a woman recovering at a Memphis hospital is shedding more light on a fire that claimed the lives of three children.

Nearly two-year-old twin boys, Joey and Jonas Jones, along with a six-month-old girl, Josslyn, died in the fire, according to Amanda West, the sister of Jennifer Jones.

Jennifer and Jered Jones lived in the house on County Road 157 along with their six children.

West tells Region 8 News the family was burning a candle when one child woke up, saw the fire and started screaming.

Jennifer Jones was burned as she attempted to save the infant.

A medical helicopter airlifted her to Regional One in Memphis, TN, with severe burns.

"We don't know the extent of her injuries," said Justin Rolland, an investigator with the sheriff's office. "We do know she was injured severely."

Sheriff Marty Boyd said 11 people were inside the home at the time of the fire: four adults and seven children. No other injuries were reported.

The family had been living in the home just a few months and planned to move out due to the high electricity bills, according to Fire Chief Morris Watkins of Cash. Before moving to Cash, the family faced a previous house fire. 

In addition to the house being "huge," Boyd said the dry weather conditions made it hard for crews to fight the fire. The fire also damaged several structures and a nearby woods.

Watkins says this is the first fatal fire Cash has seen and he said he hopes it is the last. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

West says a fund is set up to help the family. Click here to find out more.

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