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.
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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