Gulfport mom shares pain after losing husband, two sons in fire

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It's been just more than 30 hours since Dalene Noffsinger lost everything she had in just 30 minutes: Her husband, her two sons, her house and all of her belongings. Noffsinger was at work early Friday morning when her Gulfport home burst into flames. Investigators say the fire started in the kitchen, likely caused by food left cooking on the stove unattended.

"Yesterday, before I went to work, they all gave me love, hugs, and kisses. And they told me they loved me, have a good night at work. And they did that every day," said Dalene Noffsinger.

That was the last time she saw her two sons and husband alive. Dalene was at work at a Biloxi casino when she received a devastating phone call.  Her house on Williamsburg Drive in Gulfport was on fire.

"When I went to my home, it was burnt down, and I kept screaming for my children and my husband, and then I blacked out," said Noffsinger.

The boys in her life died when the fire broke out around 1:00 Friday morning. Her husband, 32-year-old Jeremy Noffsinger, and Dalene's eight year old son Kaleb Sanders were found in the closet in the back of the house. His 12-year-old brother Jessie was found dead in the hallway. She calls the boys her babies.

"They were pretty much inseparable all the time," said Noffsinger. "Kaleb was the shy one that always wanted to study and play video games.  He had a really big tender heart. Jessie was very outgoing, very popular, and loved football. He loved trying everything, and got accepted to the football team yesterday."

Dalene said she also lost a best friend, her husband.

"He always wanted to be the life of the party," she said.

They had only been married for a year and a half.

"He was a hard working construction worker and he adores all the kids. He treated Jessie and Kaleb like they were his own," said Noffsinger.

Those memories and love from family and friends keep her going as she tries to cope with her unimaginable loss.

"We never had money, but we always had each other. That's what I'm going to miss," said Noffsinger.

The family does not have any insurance. An account has been set up at Keesler Federal Credit Union to help with expenses related to the fire. The account is under 'Dalene Noffsinger.'

UPDATE: Funeral arrangements are now complete for three Gulfport family members who died in a house fire Friday morning. The memorial is on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Reimann's Funeral home on Three Rivers Road in Gulfport.

A prayer service follows. Jeremy Noffsinger and his two stepsons, Jessie Sanders and Kaleb Sanders, will be cremated.

Temple Baptist Church has also set up an account to help the family at Hancock Bank. The account is named 'Temple Baptist Church Noffsinger Fund.'

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