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Two People Killed in their Sleep in Clay County Fire

The Clay County Sheriff's Office has just released the identities of two people killed in an overnight trailer fire. Officials said the victims were David Wayne Watkins, 46, and Angela Lynn Watkins, 40.

Sheriff Kenny Lemons told Newschannel 6 the fire occurred on Stark Road, just south of Liberty in the southern part of Clay County. He said a call to 911 came in at 8:07 a.m.

"The children of this family are the ones that located them," said Sheriff Lemons. "It happened quite sometime before it was discovered because there was very little fire left, very little smoke."

There were also two other trailers on the property used for storage. All three properties were destroyed.

Fire investigators with Wichita and Clay counties spent Monday surveying the scene, looking for a cause.

"Going through this fire, step by step and inch by inch to try to determine that cause and I hope and pray that they can find it because that's part of the closure to find out what exactly started the fire," explained the Sheriff.

It appeared the fire started in the couple's bedroom.

"With information that we can gather, they died in their sleep. It was a tragic thing that the fire had overcome them very quickly while they slept," said Lemons.

Although investigators found the source of the fire to be in the couple's bedroom, the Sheriff says we may never know the true cause of the fire.

"Sometimes, some fires, you'll never know what caused them because of the amount of damage. And it's sad to say that this fire may be one of those fires," he detailed.

Yet officials hope the devastating fire could help to save lives in the future, by encouraging those to buy or update a smoke detector. 

"The quicker you can get a warning from a fire, the better chance you are at survival and the only way you can do that at night time when you are asleep is a smoke detector," said Lemons.

The Sheriff hopes the Clay County community will band together to help the surviving family members grieve and properly say goodbye.

"It's just a sad thing that happened and we just have to hold together and stick together as family and neighbors and try to help these folks through the hard times that are ahead of them."

An autopsy for the couple is scheduled in Tarrant county.

Funeral preparations should be announced in the next couple of days.

Sheriff Lemons called the situation a "terrible tragedy." 

Mary Moloney, Newschannel 6

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