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Update: Witness says fatal house fire started near A/C unit

6/22 Update: The Rusk County Sheriff's Office tells KLTV 7 on Wednesday that the cause of the house fire that killed three people on Tuesday is still undetermined. But the sheriff's office confirms that there were no signs of foul play.

The sheriff's office also tells KLTV 7 that a witness says the fire started in the location of a window air conditioning unit. There were no smoke detectors in the home.

MOUNT ENTERPRISE, TX (KLTV) - Fire swept through an East Texas home, taking the lives of a 25-year-old mother, and her seven and five year old sons. 

Rusk County authorities tell KLTV7 when firefighters got to the home on County Road 3175, near Mount Enterprise, the home was already engulfed. 

Family and friends in this community are still coping.

"We just need prayer, we need prayer, and they do too," says the children's great grandmother, Mary Jordan.

"They are good people, they don't harm anyone, and I hate that this happened to them and anything I can do for the family, I'll be willing to do," another family friend said.

Twenty-five year old April Yarbrough lived in her mother's home, along with her two young boys, Zi'Quaven, 7, and Tyrell Dixon, 3.

"The grandmother had left around 3:30 this morning, and spoke to her daughter, and at the time everything seemed ok," said Vicki Penny with the Rusk County Sheriff's Department. "So the fire started sometime between 3:30 and 6:30 when the call came in."

April's brother lives next door and told responders that he saw smoke coming from the house.

"He went to the house and was unable to contact his sister and at that point he went and busted the door down and saw the house was already in flames," Penny said.

The fire spread quickly, and didn't give much time for the three victims to get out. Now, all that's left of this young family are memories.

"The kids were very cheerful, Tyrell loved to ride horses," said Tyrell's grandmother, Demeatress Harper.

"Tyrell he was just a joy, he was so smart, to be three, you would think he was older than that because he was just a joy," Jordan said.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.  So far, they do not believe foul play was involved.  The bodies have been sent for an autopsy.

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