Along with intense heat and heavy smoke, security bars prevented a mother, witnesses and even police from reaching two small children inside a burning home.
The fire happened Monday in Chattanooga.
One small child died and another is in critical condition at a burn center in Georgia.
Along their street, many of the homes have metal bars blocking the windows and doors. Neighbors say it's a way to stop intruders. Many are afraid removing the bars will only lead to break-ins.
The Chattanooga Fire Department says the bars do not break any rules.
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A child has died and another has serious burns following a house fire Monday morning in Chattanooga.
Firefighters say two police officers, who were the first on the scene, tried desperately to get the children out, but the flames were too intense.
Firefighters were able to get inside, and rescued one child, who was flown to a Georgia burn unit. The other child was pronounced dead on the scene.
The children's mother was also hurt trying to get the children out.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.