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Family friend comforts surviving twin during deadly house fire

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Keri Jones died on Monday in the two-story apartment fire on W. Franklin St. Keri Jones died on Monday in the two-story apartment fire on W. Franklin St.
Jazmine Jones, one of Keri's twin daughters also died in the fire. Jazmine Jones, one of Keri's twin daughters also died in the fire.
Donald Gene Lankford, also a part of the family, was the third victim of the fire. Donald Gene Lankford, also a part of the family, was the third victim of the fire.
The scene on Monday afternoon when crews were working to help those inside. The scene on Monday afternoon when crews were working to help those inside.
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

A woman who rushed to the scene of the deadly West Franklin Street fire found herself comforting her friend's three-year-old twin daughter. Little did she know at the time, but her friend and the other twin were still inside. 

Alicia Lile says her son was the one that told her the building had gone up in flames. She ran over to the side of the house, where a police officer handed little Sierra off to her. She did

"I tried to do everything I could do to keep her as calm as possible, and as safe as possible," Lile says. "I wish I could have done more."

She had no idea her friend, Keri Jones, and her one of Keri's twin daughters, Jazmine, were still inside.

"I ran through here and obviously could see how traumatic it was, flames, smoke, and everything flying up," she shares.

Once she had gotten to the side of the house, her cousin busted an upstairs window open, and threw Sierra out. A police officer caught her and handed her off to Lile.

"I held her. She wouldn't let me go, and I just kept trying to keep her head away from being able to look because she was asking for mom," she says.

Lile says Sierra wasn't injured, but just covered in soot. 

"I think it's the worst thing I've ever experienced in my life, and then knowing in the back of my head the whole time that her twin sister and her mom was up there," she shares.

Lile never left Sierra. She rode with her in the ambulance all the way to the hospital, promising never to leave her side.

"She was asking for her mom and sister the whole time," Lile says.  

Sierra was later flown to an Indianapolis hospital to be treated for her injuries. Evansville police say Sierra is now out of the hospital.

When Alicia came back to the fire, her hopes of reuniting Sierra with her sister and mom were soon realized.  

"I was hoping that I would see her come out, but it didn't happen," Lile shares. 

A vigil is planned at the West Franklin location on Friday night to remember those who died.

Family also tells 14 News that an account has been set up to help the family at Heritage Federal Credit Union on First Avenue. It's called the Jazmine Jones Memorial Fund. 

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