Two young sisters were killed late Thursday night when their hilltop home on Highland Avenue in the Frederick County community of Myersville, Md. was destroyed by fire.
Sophie Lillard, 6, and Madigan Lillard, 3, died around 11:30 p.m.
"I just feel so bad," says Myersville resident Debra Ryan, who stopped by the charred remains of the Lillard home to leave a stuffed animal against a small tree in the front yard. "I've been up all night worrying about them because I could see the blaze from my house. It was horrible."
Homeowners Jack and Chrissy Lillard, their 8-year-old daughter Morgan and 7-month-old daughter Sadie got out alive, but were hospitalized.
A neighbor says the 33-year-old Mrs. Lillard told her she heard the popping sound of flames in a front room while she was feeding her baby in a back room.
"And all she kept saying was 'Where are my babies? Get my babies out.' Because the two girls were still in there," Lois Willard told us from her home across the street. "They couldn't get them. Jack, the husband, was up on the roof -- on the garage roof -- trying to get in the house to get the babies, and she just kept saying it was so hot in there."
Willard says the mom jumped out of the house. Oldest daughter Morgan was lowered from a window to another neighbor.
"And you felt so helpless," Willard continued. "The fire company hadn't come yet and there she was, 'I want my babies. I want my babies.' You can't do anything because the fire was so ... and the house was engulfed in flames so much."
Willard says the Lillard children loved to play outside. The oldest two were home schooled, she says. The mom was dedicated to raising her four daughters.
"She just kept saying: 'What happened? What happened? I don't understand it.' So she has no idea," says Willard.
Frederick County fire officials say investigators still have work to do to try to figure out how the deadly fire started.
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