Family members mourn loss of 3 children in house fire

Fatal Cash fire
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

CASH, AR (KAIT) - Whitney Jones said Wednesday that the loss of three children in a house fire in Cash has given her family perspective in such a tragic loss.

"The loss is just minor what we've lost here to what they've lost, and we are so sorry to them," Jones said of the fire early Wednesday.

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 told Region 8 News the family was burning several candles in the house. A candle fell onto the carpet, starting the fire.  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.

Jeri Jones said the couple had planned on moving out Tuesday because their bills were too high.

After the fire started the family rushed to get out of the house.

Family members said the baby was sleeping between her parents and each thought the other grabbed her, but neither did.

That's when Jennifer tried turning back to the home to save her children.

"There's was like a window between in the house between where she was and the two twins were and she busted through there when she did the back draft and totally burned her, and engulfed her," Jeri Jones said.

Whitney Jones said her family has a lot of memories in the home.

"My cousins and me and my grandfather's great-grandchildren, all of us, were raised here at some point in our lives," Jones said.

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