Two-year-old twin boys died after they were pulled from a house fire Tuesday night in South Los Angeles, fire authorities said.
The house, located in the 800 block of East 113th Street, was engulfed in flames around 9 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The single-story home was decorated for the holidays.
Firefighters pulled the boys, named Braeson and Brenton, from the home. They were rushed to the hospital in "grave condition" and later died.
"They were our babies, they were the babies, beautiful kids," said Natasha Bullock, a relative of the victims. "It's hard. We were just playing with them yesterday."
Neighbors tried to rescue the boys and the rest of the family from the home.
"I went over there and I immediately started trying to figure out how are we going to get these bars open and where are the kids, I started hollering for them," said one neighbor, Ronny Bell.
Along with the two boys, Benjamin Fortson -- the boys' father -- suffered critical burns, fire authorities said. Their 4-year-old sister Brechelle was rescued by a neighbor from the burning house. The children's mother, Charlotte Fortson, also escaped. She is pregnant.
Dwight Stewart, a family friend and neighbor, was dousing out hot spots at the house with a garden hose early Wednesday morning.
"I was feeling devastated. Devastated. We lost two twins. Passed away, they're gone," Stewart said, wiping away tears.
The home was built in 1946 and not equipped with optional fire sprinklers, fire officials said. It was unclear if the house had smoke alarms.
It took 86 firefighters 20 minutes to extinguish the flames. Firefighters had to force entry through security doors and window bars, fire authorities said.
Los Angeles County Fire Department arson investigators ruled the official cause of the fire was "undetermined" Wednesday morning, but noted they did not believe the fire was intentionally set.
Toni Guinyard contributed to this report.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story stated the twin boys were 3 years old and their names had different spelling.