"My babies are gone:" Grandmother speaks out after children killed in fire

“My babies are gone: “ Grandmother speaks out after children killed in fire

Milwaukee, WIS. (CBS 58) --A father rescued from a burning home over the weekend still doesn't know his two children perished in the fire.

Firefighters have now returned to the neighborhood near 91st and Brown Deer to ensure that it doesn't happen to another family by installing smoke detectors. 

Neighbors have set up a makeshift memorial with balloons and flowers as the family tries to understand what happened.

"They're gone, they're gone, my babies are gone," said Lourdes Deleon, grandmother of the victims.

Lourdes Deleon isn't sure how the fire started at her daughter's home early Sunday morning with her son-in-law and two grandchildren 4-year-old Romeo and 2-year-old Stephanie trapped inside.

"One of the neighbors said when they were trying to go in there and get them, they could hear them crying, they could hear my babies crying."

By the time fire crews arrived on scene, the flames were so intense that they were only able to rescue Steve Robinson, the children's father. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

"He's got second-degree burns on his arms, he has a big burn on his shoulder," said Lourdes Deleon.

A grease-pan may be to blame for the fire but firefighters say it's too soon to know. They suspect the fire started in the kitchen.

Neighbors have been stopped by the makeshift memorial all day long to offer thoughts and prayers for the family and the child's father who still doesn't know that the kids didn't survive.

"He's the only one who can give us answers when he wakes up and he doesn't know his kids are gone."

In the meantime, firefighters continue canvassing the neighborhood to make sure everyone has a working smoke detector.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family.

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