About 3:00 this afternoon, there was a trailer fire in Smith county just outside of Tyler.

The initial call came that there were children trapped. Dixie Fire Department send 2 pumpers and a tanker, Tyler Fire Department send 2 pumpers, and ETMC/EMS sent a Regional Director, ambulance, and a Rehab unit.

Unfortunately, the 3 children and their babysitter did not survive. The trailer was already fully involved by the time the first arrving units from Dixie reported on scene.

Two of the children were brother and sister, ages 4 and 2 1/2. The names of the children are Stetson Lee, 4 and his sister Cheyenne Layne Lee, 2 1/2. The babysitter Mickie Coker, 29 and her 8 year old daughter Rachael were at home babysitting the Lee children when the fire occurred. Neighbors tried several times to rescue the victims but were unsucessful due to the heavy smoke and flames.

All vicitims were found within a few feet of the back door of the mobile home. the cause is undetermined at this time.

[This message has been edited by emsbrando (edited June 22, 1999).]