By: Leah Uko
OMAHA (KTPM) – The grandmother of the two children who died in a trailer fire Thursday morning spoke out about the devastating news and how she is hoping to get answers for what caused the fire.
Tammy Salas told FOX 42 News she thinks her 3-year-old grandson, Gabriel Rodriguez, tried to open the front door to escape, but could not because the child lock was on.
"It's been an emotional roller coaster because then there's times that I don't believe this is really happening and that this is really true and they're gone," Salas said.
B.J. Kanger with the Omaha Fire Department said approximately 30 fire fighters responded to the first-alarm response, but the fast progress of the fire made the outcome inevitable.
"We leave the fire station with every intention of being able to save everybody that we respond to," Kanger continued. "Being on scene within two minutes and 45 seconds, we thought that we had a very good opportunity to an effective rescue."
Kanger added that there was a smoke detector in the home, but it was not functioning because there was no battery.
The cause of the fire, Kanger explained, will not be released until autopsy reports for the two children are complete.
Omaha Fire Department along with First Responders Critical Support Foundation said they are continuing to deliver free carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to anyone who needs them. Anyone in need of one can visit www.omahafire.org or call the Prevention and Education Hotlin at (402) 444-3560 and crews will come out and install the detectors free of charge
A fund for the family has been set up at Omaha Fire Fighter's Credit Union on 144th and L streets. Anyone can donate in person to the "Fire Fatality Benefit Fund" or mail a check. If it is more convenient, people can drop money off at the OFD station on 60th and Grover as well.
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