Loved ones to remember children killed in fire; report shows they may have been trying to help their mom

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MILWAUKEE -- A report from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office sheds new light on how two children were not able to make it out of a house fire on Friday morning, September 4th. According to the report, the two children may have just been trying to help their mother.

The fire broke out just after 2 a.m. near Swan and Allyn on Milwaukee's northwest side. 11-year-old MaKayla and her six-year-old brother, Marwaun Myles were not able to escape. After crews put out the flames, MaKayla was found in a second floor bedroom and Marwaun was in the same bedroom, hiding in a closet.

MaKayla and Marwaun Myles

MaKayla and Marwaun Myles

Investigators say the children's mother, Natasha Jones, woke up in the middle of the night to a crackling noise. She thought someone might have been trying to break into the house, but when she went down the stairs she saw fire.

Authorities say Natasha also saw six-year-old Marwaun in the kitchen, filling up a pot with water.

In the report, it states that Natasha took Marwaun outside and went back upstairs to get her two other children -- an infant and 11-year-old MaKayla. After walking back into the home, Natasha realized Marwaun had followed her.

House fire

House fire

Both Marwaun and MaKayla were then told to follow their mom, and the baby she was carrying, back outside -- but they didn't.

According to investigators, neighbors saw Natasha running out of the house with the baby and she realized the two older children did not come out with her. The neighbors quickly came to help; breaking windows on the second floor by throwing chairs at it.

"Very tough. We tried to get in there by kicking in doors. We weren't successful. It's very hard -- they were too young to die," said Santosha Kirby, tried to save children.

When the Milwaukee Fire Department arrived, the home was completely engulfed in flames.

According to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office, MaKayla and Marwaun did not suffer any other injuries other than thermal injuries related to the fire. Both of the children's deaths are being ruled an accident.

The fire department says it's still unclear whether the smoke detectors inside the home worked.

A vigil is planned for Sunday evening, September 6th at the home near Swan and Allyn at 5:00 p.m.

Memorial for MaKayla and Marwaun Myles, killed in fire near Swan and Allyn

Memorial for MaKayla and Marwaun Myles, killed in fire near Swan and Allyn

A GoFundMe page has also been set up for MaKayla and Marwaun.

9 comments

  • B

    It don’t add up how did she tell them to follow her but never did. The last story said the boy was in the closet the girl was in her room. Pretty sure if a 11 year old knows it’s a fire she would follow her mom

  • Melissa Jordan

    I have a 6 and 11 year old. I can see the 6 year old running back to save a toy and the 11 year old trying to get them to come, only to have the fire spread to fast. I just had a reminder conversation with them about never trying to save anything and to stay out of the house if there is a fire – no matter what. I am so sorry for this family. Let’s all make sure we remind our kids about the rules of fire safety.

    • robert

      it does. instinct would normally have everyone hold each other’s hands tight so we can all get out together–but I guess you never know until you’re in the situation how you will react

    • robert

      “god” didn’t have anything to do with these preciuos little ones being killed in a most horrific way!!! RIP beautiful babies

  • Jay

    Y ROBERT TALKIN U DON’T KNOW WAT U WOULD HAVE DONE U CAN TALK ALL U WANT TILL IT HAPPENS TO U ND YOUR FAMILY. U NEVER KNOW THE KIDS COULD HAVE BEEN SCARED ND IF U KNEW UR FACTS THEY HAD TO GO BACK PAST WHERE THE FIRE WAS TO GET OUT SO ENOUGH WIT THE JUDGEMENTAL STUFF.. TASHA IM STILL PRAYING FOR U..

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