'We Feel For The Family,' House Fire In DeSoto Kills Sleeping 1 And 2-Year-Old, Police Investigating

Two children are dead after a house fire in DeSoto that started around 4:30 Tuesday morning.

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KEN MOLESTINA: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for joining us here at 4 o'clock. I'm Ken Molestina. Remember, we are always streaming for you now on CBS in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Seven people made it out alive, but two young children are dead after a house fire in DeSoto. It happened this morning along the 100 block of Wildwood Court. That's where we find CBS 11's J.D. Miles. He is there this afternoon with the toddlers that died, despite a heroic effort by firefighters. J.D., they just couldn't rescue them.

J.D. MILES: No, they couldn't, Ken. You can see how destructive this fire was by looking at what remains of this home behind me. The area, as you can see, is still sealed off while investigators are working inside. DeSoto's fire chief tells me his firefighters risked their lives to reach the children ages two and one who were in an upstairs bedroom-- but the children, as you mentioned, did not survive. The investigation is raising a lot of questions about a family that police say has a troubled past.

This video, recorded by a neighbor, captured the fire raging through the two-story home around 4:30 this morning. Authorities say seven people, including children, escaped. Some of them tried to use a ladder to reach a one and a two-year-old still inside a second floor bedroom, but were held back by intense heat.

CPL. PETE SCHULTE: The house was completely engulfed. The heat was so intense that the police couldn't even get past the sidewalk to get close to the house.

J.D. MILES: When firefighters arrived, they fought through the flames and smoke, but were only able to retrieve the bodies of the toddlers.

SIBYL WASHINGTON: I saw the firemen sitting here on my planner in front of the house, and I could tell he was really torn apart.

JERRY DUFFIELD: And it was a, a very heroic effort from my, from my personnel. I've been doing this job for well over 30 years, and I can tell you I can see every child I ever went on that had a bad outcome.

J.D. MILES: Police say the home is the address for multiple calls reporting domestic violence, and that child protective services has investigated the welfare of the children living inside.

CPL. PETE SCHULTE: Obviously, that causes a question and an investigation about what exactly happened.

J.D. MILES: All authorities are revealing about a possible cause at this point is where the fire started, which is in this back area of the home in the kitchen area. A task force is out here investigating, which will hopefully get to the bottom of what happened. Live in DeSoto, J.D. Miles, CBS 11 News.

KEN MOLESTINA: OK, J.D. Thank you.