A Texas mom called her “screaming” the names of her tragic children due to burns in a house fire amid widespread power outages last week.
Jaggie Nguyen’s children, Olivia, 11, Addison, 8, and Colette, 5, as well as her own mother, Lone Lay, died Tuesday morning at the Sugar Land Home in Naugheen.
“I was just standing there and screaming and screaming and shouting their names in hopes that they would come out of their room and basically jump so we could get out,” Nguyen Told CNN. “I just remember feeling that it was very dark and I can still hear everything around me.”
Legg retreated to Nguyen’s house to hunk while going out of power in his home about five miles away. The blackout rolled out in Texas last week, which sent temperatures plunging in the single digits following the historic winter storm.
“We thought we were really lucky because we still had the power until the early evening,” Nguyen said.
Close relatives gathered around the fireplace and played a card game before turning to bed at around 9:30 p.m.
Nguyen recalled, “Getting my kids to bed and really the next thing I know I’m in the hospital.” “Hours later the firemen and police officers arrived and said no one else had made it.”
Nguyen’s memory on that fateful night is spotty but she doesn’t remember her going to her children’s room on the second floor and screaming for them because their house was on fire.
Sugar Land spokesman Doug Adolf said the fire department arrived at around 2 a.m. and the parents had to be stopped from coming back into the house.
It took more than an hour to get the blast under control.
“My heart is broken,” said Nguyen, who was ablaze with his hands. “I will never be like this.”
Authorities are now working to determine the cause of the fatal inferiority – but Adolf said the family had posted on social media about using the chimney to keep warm.
“We cannot say for sure that the cause of the fire was there. We do not know yet,” he said. “It is possible that the investigation will never identify the exact cause.”
He said that the Chinese land was without electricity for at least eight hours.
Nguyen said she is now plowing through her grief over a “crisis strategy”.
“I’m really focused on all this final arrangement because it’s the last kind of thing I’m going to do for my kids,” said the mother.
She remembered her children as “unprecedented, surprising, little crooked humans” and mentioned that Olivia and Colette – who went by the nickname Coco – had consecutive birthdays on March 27 and 28.
Nguyen said, “Colette is just a little cracker and has so much charisma.” “She, too, as a 5-year-old, had a confidence level. She was never scared, completely unpositive, not scared.”
His son, Addison, was a “cute boy” who was obsessed with modern art and architecture.
“He had a very deep appreciation for any visual aesthetic,” said Nguyen. “So kind and so caring and so considerate. … You don’t think there was a level of depth in an 8-year-old child. “
Meanwhile, Le, a refugee from Vietnam, dedicated his life to his grandson.
“My parents did everything for their children, like, as immigrants, and coming to this country and then, the love they gave me, it was ten times when it came to grandma,” Nguyen Remembered
Nguyen said her mother never stayed the night at her house – even during Hurricane Harvey – but “for some reason she decided to come that day.”
“I feel like she was always moving the kids around,” he said, “maybe it was her last type of thing, and you know, ‘Ubering’ takes kids to heaven.” “
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