WASHINGTON CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The family of a mother and daughter who died from injuries suffered in a southern Utah mobile home fire say their only solace comes in knowing the two went together.
"They adored each other. They meant the world to each other," Donna Cox said, step-mother and grandma.
Twenty-seven year old Tereasa Hurst and three-year-old Adalynn died after their Washington City mobile home caught fire on Dec. 5.
The family says the pair were napping when a fire started in the front family room.
"My heart is just breaking. It just doesn't seem real," Cox said from Big River, CA.
One day before the fire, Cox said Tereasa called with news that she and the toddler would be visiting for Christmas. But now the family is preparing for a double funeral.
Tereasa is remembered as a free spirit who loved helping other people. She worked as a CNA at a local care center, according to Cox.
Adalynn was a bright, wiggly three-year-old who loved books. Cox says it was her life's honor to cut Adalynn's umbilical cord.
"I'd always tell her, Mommy and Daddy may have made you, but Grandma got to make your bellybutton. She would just laugh and carry on."
Cox said there wasn't a working smoke detector inside the home. Both mother and child suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation.
During the fire, police say 60-year-old Richard Kirkland died when he stopped to rescue the mother and child. Cox says her family is forever thankful for his heroic act.
"We are so grateful for this man. He gave the ultimate sacrifice to try to save them," Cox said.
Cox said she is talking regularly with the Kirkland family. They plan to get together sometime before the New Year.
After Tereasa's organs are donated, a service for the mother and child will be held. Their ashes will be scattered together on Beaver Mountain.
No word on how the fire started.
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