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East Ala. community rallies around family that lost 2 kids in house fire

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The Amos family lost two children in a fire at their home in the Fruithurst community on Thursday morning. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC The Amos family lost two children in a fire at their home in the Fruithurst community on Thursday morning. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC
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HEFLIN, AL (WBRC) -

The investigation continues into what exactly caused the fire that destroyed Tommy and Bridget Amos' home in east Alabama and left their two young children dead.

The state fire marshal says it appears to be accidental. The family is staying with neighbors while the community is doing all it can to help.

Beth Williams says that was obvious from what happened soon after she and others learned of the fire early Thursday morning.

"We automatically felt empathy for these people. So we just had a prayer circle right here in the middle of the café," Williams said. She is co-owner of the general store in Fruithurst, spot considered to be the gathering place for the town.

Williams says everyone knew Tommy and Bridget. They, along with Bridget's mom, got out of the house when flames broke out, along with their 15-year-old daughter Destiny. But three-year-old Tristan and six-year-old Brenden didn't survive.

"The kids are just special. My heart hurts for the mother and daddy," Randy Long said. He makes beautiful wooden chests as featured by Fred Hunter on Absolutely Alabama. He's made one for that will be sold in a silent auction. The money raised will go to help the family.

"This is community. We try to stick together and the family needs all the help and support we can give them," Long said.

There's also a donation jar that's been set up for folks to give to and a fund set up to help the Amos family. You can donate at any Metro Bank.

There will also be a prayer vigil held Sunday at 5 p.m. CST at Fruithurst Baptist Church. But the prayers have already started.

"As a mother, I pray for her strength and Tommy's strength. I pray one day can they can heal in their own time," Williams said.

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