Fire Kills Mom & 4 Kids, Leaving Dad With a Lifetime of Pain (VIDEO)

fireJust one day after Christmas, right before the sun came up, a massive fire ripped through an Oklahoma City woman's home, killing her and her four young children. I don't think I need to say that calling this is a tragedy is a gigantic understatement. The lives of Jeanine Bonnet, 28; Kara Leon, 3; Matthew Zackary Leon, 5; Samantha Leon, 7; and Natalie Leon, 8, were all taken during this god-awful event. But see, this terrible story only gets worse.

According to David Ruppert, a man who rented a room in the home and who managed to escape, Bonnet's children normally lived with their father, and were only visiting for the holiday. He also mentioned that the house had no working smoke detectors (something all parents -- and people -- should have), and said: "The kids didn't have a chance. If I hadn't been awake already, I'd have been dead too."

This is one of those terrible, stomach-turning stories that makes you want to cry and go hug your kids tighter than usual today. The death of children is always tragic, no matter what the context, but the fact that they were without one of their parents -- the primary caretaker, in fact -- makes the story more upsetting than usual. I imagine their father is thinking right now that he should have been with them, as well as wondering if there would have been anything he could have done to stop things. There truly is nothing -- and I mean, nothing -- more devestating than children passing away without their parents. It literally will break someone's heart.

Thoughts and prayers to this poor family right now -- especially the dad. I know he'll never get over this, as no parent would, but I hope he knows it's not his fault.

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nonmember avatar erin sanderson

I just lost 2 of my childern and my bf in November. My prayers go out to this family. The pain is something you will never understand unless you experence it. Seek God for confort and understanding.

nonmember avatar Michelle

Hearing stories like this just breaks my heart... My two youngest daughters are 8 and almost 3, the same ages as two of the kids. I feel so bad for the Father and the rest of the family. they're all in my thoughts and prayers.

Momto... MomtoDavid

this is why every time i set off the smoke detector cooking, cause i suck at cooking, I take the time to lecture my son on what to do if the detector wakes him up at night. I told him to leave his room, don't wait for us, go directly downstairs and out the door and stand in the grass circle in the turn around we have out front. But now i feel the need to lecture on what to do if there is fire in the living room which would be to go back to his room shut the door put a blanket under the door and open his window and start yelling at the top of his lungs so someone will hear him. He's 6 and has mild Autism so we need to act this out too so it will sink in. You should always practice what to do at least once a month, especially with kids. I also have a almost 2 year old and plan on coaching her sometime in the next 6 months or so also.

nonmember avatar Michelle

Erin, I am so sorry for your loss...

kansa... kansasmom1978

This is a terrible story and all too often heard. Why can't people realize that smoke detectors save lives? RIP sweet babies.

starr... starreyedcutie

This hits home...when I was 16 we had a house fire was me and my two siblings home. Thank God I was able to get them out and we all survived...this is horrible and my heart goes out to the family :(

nonmember avatar Alex

The renter escaped? Why the hell didn't he try and get the kids and their mother out of there? He said he was already awake. Sounds a bit fishy to me. I'd be looking into this guy if I was the dad. Poor man :(

nonmember avatar Heather

Mom is not a bad guy in this story perhaps the reason he had custodialship was because she was ill or didn't have money to get a lawyer like he did be careful how you judge rest in peace little family

nonmember avatar Kelly

This is so tragic. My heart goes out to the father and other family members. Also to you Erin Anderson, I remember reading your story and couldnt imagine dealing with what you've gone through. I admire your faith and strength of character deeply!

nonmember avatar dmkp01

So sorry for everyone's loss. This is why my heart drops 3 weekends a month. My stepchildren have to have visitation with their mother. My husband has primary custody and my (step) daughters live with us. They are are sent to a house with 4 other children with 2 bedrooms, and are sleeping on mattresses in a loft. The court refuses to listen to my daughters and their therapist that she is unstable n they dont want to go visit. We are terrified for their well being. I dobt know what I would do if we lost our precious girls because of the other parents neglect.

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