"We were just hanging out last night around the park and stuff," said David Allen.
Allen, an eighth grader at Space Center Middle School, just can't understand how his best friend Kaitlyn was here yesterday, but gone today.
"He went to school, he tried to get through it, but he couldn't make it through the school day," said David's father John.
So, dad John picked up his son and brought him back here to remember the good times.
"I can still see them with the little kids running around with the little bicycles, off loading the furniture," John said.
Allen says the family had just moved in a couple months ago.
Thursday, their family and friends were at that apartment, sifting through debris, trying to salvage anything they could.
"That was actually my sister's room right there and my nephews room was right across - it's just amazing - now it's just a pile of ashes," said April Mahoney, who just moved out of that same apartment a couple of months ago.
"I'm just thinking what could have happened and how we would have reacted and how these people probably reacted, I mean its 4:30 in the morning, there's not a lot you can do," she said.
Many residents say this is a really old complex - built in the late 70's or 80's when safety requirements weren't as stringent. Over the years they say there have been several fires like this one.
"I wish they would go back and retrofit it with sprinkler systems. I think that's about the only thing you can do," said Kent Castle, who's lived in the complex for 25 years.
Unfortunately, it can't do anything to change the tragedy that happened there early Thursday morning.
"It's pretty family oriented complex so when that happens to one of the children it just absolutely heartbreaking, absolutely heartbreaking," John Allen said.
Some say the fire started in the attic, but the cause is still under investigation.
We know the mother was treated at the hospital, but is expected to recover from her injuries.
As for her little boy who was hospitalized, his condition is not known at this time.
Two Children Die In Apartment Fire
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