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Friends Remember Teenagers Killed in West Monroe Fire

Posted: Updated: April 3, 2013 06:41 PM
From Left to Right: Kyle Phillips & Mitchell Whitehead From Left to Right: Kyle Phillips & Mitchell Whitehead

WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's a devastating day in West Monroe, after learning two teenage boys were killed in a house fire.

The two West Monroe High school students were home alone at the time. Their adult family was out of town attending a funeral in Oklahoma. Several other children were staying with family.

A community is left trying to pull together, leaning on each other, and through prayer. Friend of the boys, Lainee Stennett, says "we didn't really want to believe it. We came out to the house as a group because we're all very close. We want to get through this together."

The news has been heart wrenching to everyone who knew West Monroe High School Senior Kyle Phillips and freshman Mitchell Whitehead. A friend of the boys, Cole Hance, says "I can't explain how much all of us are going to miss him."

Fire crews were called to the home about 3:30 Wednesday morning. They found the home engulfed in flames, with the two boys still inside. Fire crews were able to stop the fire where the boys were, but were not able to save them.

Hance says, "why Kyle, why Kyle of all people? I never would have expected to wake up, and that's what I woke up to this morning, was Kyle."

A neighbor told KNOE when he first saw the fire he tried to break a window, to see if he could feel anyone inside. When he couldn't, he ran inside the house, but was unable to save anyone. Now everyone is just remembering the boys lives, and praying for their family.

Family friend, Jeffery R. Edwards, put a flower outside of the family's home. He says, "I know that Kyle would want to do the same for me. It's just in remembrance of him, and that we care and we love him." Friend of the boys, Zach Smith, says "I just hope God watches over their family." Stennett, says "there won't be one thing I won't miss about them."

The teens were cousins, one known for being funny, the other for his skills in the rodeo rink.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

West Monroe neighbors are pitching in to rent the family a temporary home, at the parsonage at Good Hope Baptist Church.

If you would like to help out, an account has been set up to help the family at Ouachita Independent Bank. The account is in the name of Samantha Cobb. Donations can be dropped off at any location.

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