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CHRISTMAS EVE HOUSE FIRE CLAIMS LIVES OF FOUR CHILDREN IN DETROIT FAMILY

For Loretta Buchanan, it was supposed to be the best Christmas ever. Presents for her four grandchildren were stacked under her tree.

But the three boys and their baby sister died when a Christmas Eve fire swept their two-story home two doors away.

"I've screamed. I've cried. I don't think I have more water in me," she said. "God could have saved them, but he didn't."

Carlos Buchanan, 28, the children's father, jumped out a second-story window to escape the fire, his mother said. She said he banged on her door and woke her.

"Momma, call the fire department," he told her. He rushed back to his house and tried to rescue the children, ages 8 months to 5 years.

Firefighters arrived in minutes to find the home fully engulfed, fire Capt. Jon Bozich said.

Bozich said the fire, which began in a sofa, appeared to be accidental. Police Lt. Billy Jackson questioned Buchanan Thursday morning, then said no charges would be filed.

All four children were found in a small room on the lower level of the structure. They were dead on arrival at a hospital Wednesday night due to smoke inhalation.

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