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Flowers, toys mark site where van fire killed 2 children

LAS VEGAS -- A deadly fire inside a van left two young children dead over the weekend and now there are questions about how this could have happened.

The victims were a 1-year-old Kendricik Chism, and  3-year-old Jermiaya Thomas. In all, there were four children in the van. Police say it was another child who started the fire inside the vehicle.

A memorial filled with flowers and stuffed animals sit at the spot where the children lost their lives Saturday night.

Fausto Reyes, who works at the Arcadia Palms apartment complex on E. Sahara Avenue said the fire was big and the flames consumed the inside of the van.

"I tried to see what happened because I am maintenance here," Reyes said. "The police said 'go back go back.'"

The younger children who have yet to be identified were trapped inside the burning vehicle.

Reyes said, during the fire, he saw a mother screaming and crying before breaking the glass of an apartment window which is now boarded up.

"The mom tried to cut herself saying she doesn't want to live no more and I have no more kids," he said.

A Clark County fire official stopped by the apartment Monday. He would not go on camera but did say the investigation is ongoing.

"She was a good parent," said Tatyana Parker, who lives at the apartment complex and had met the mother in passing.

However, Parker adds, when you have young kids, you can't be too careful.

"You can't take your eyes off your kids for a second. Anything can happen in a blink of an eye."

The two children who died may have been cousins. A woman who stopped by the apartment Monday said it was her two daughters who lost their children in the blaze.

The family is asking for privacy.

Despite the ongoing investigation by Clark County fire officials, Metro Police confirm the fire was an accident and no charges will be filed.