SAN BERNARDINO — A fire sparked by an overloaded extension cord swept through a home Tuesday, killing two boys while their mother and her boyfriend tried frantically to reach them, fire officials said.
The bodies of Aaron Sperry, 5, and his 6-year-old brother, Mitchell, were found in the front bedroom of the house, located just south of the San Bernardino city limits, a coroner's spokesman said.
Their mother, Carol Barrows, 22, and her friend, Terry Pilant, 23, told investigators that Pilant's 2-year-old daughter had awakened them at about 2 a.m. when the fire broke out, San Bernardino County fire spokeswoman LoVae Pray-Martines said.
The couple grabbed the girl and ran from the house, later trying to reach the boys by using a garden hose to battle the flames through a broken window, Pray-Martines said. Witnesses said the boys' screams could be heard through the raging fire.