VIDEO: Flowers were placed on the front lawn of the charred home where Brittany Presley and her six kids died Saturday.
“I’ve known these kids for -- well, ever since they moved into this neighborhood," Allen Short, a neighbor, said.
He said the children’s father, Jake Presley, tried to rescue his family as the home went up in flames.
“I’d seen the dad and he told me, he didn’t think nobody else had gotten out. And, of course, with the burglary bars being on the house, I don’t know if that was a big factor in him trying to get them out and everything. It’s just -- it’s just devastating,” said Short.
“[Jake Presley’s] hair was singed and he had a big cut on his arm where he busted one of the windows trying to get in there to him. And just couldn’t get to them.”