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Community Mourns Loss of Beloved Sisters in New Year's House Fire

Less than two hours into 2014, three of Gibson's sisters were caught inside their burning house.
To know that someone is inside and you can't get to them, it's just something that you can't put into words.
PINE BLUFF, AR -- An entire community is mourning the loss of two lives claimed in a New Year's house fire.

"Pain and confusion yes," sister Michelle Gibson said.

Less than two hours into 2014, three of Gibson's sisters were caught inside their burning house.

Only one made it out alive.

Gibson now mourns the loss of her beloved siblings 51-year-old Daisy Roberts and 56-year-old Allison O'Neal.

Just after 1 Wednesday morning, the fire woke the surrounding Pine Bluff neighborhood.

"Flames were coming out of the top of the house," a neighbor said. "Police cars, fire trucks just everywhere."

"This is unbelievable," pastor Eddie Harris said.

Harris spoke with the one surviving sister in the hospital.

Lynn Gibson only has one small burn but her emotional injuries trump them all.

"Totally unhinged," Harris said. "She's distraught obviously."

Harris says Gibson had started cooking dinner and shared what she told him in the hospital.

"And I laid down and forgot the food was on the stove and the house caught fire," Harris said.

What happened then Pine Bluff fire fighters are still investigating.

But what they do know, the intensity of the flames, the thickness of the smoke kept them from their ultimate goal of saving lives.

"To know that someone is inside and you can't get to them, it's just something that you can't put into words," said Chief Shauwn Howell with the Pine Bluff Fire Department. "This is definitely a tough day for everyone. The citizens of Pine Bluff and the Fire Department."

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