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Burned head to toe, 3 Shreveport boys fight for recovery after house fire

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6-year-old Keyvarion's mother Tenesha says her son was finally able to open his eyes and see on Monday, proving it by sticking his tongue back out at her. 6-year-old Keyvarion's mother Tenesha says her son was finally able to open his eyes and see on Monday, proving it by sticking his tongue back out at her.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Relatives of three young victims of a Thanksgiving Day fire say they couldn't be more grateful for the police officers who pulled the children from their burning home.

The officers pulled 5 children in all from the home in the 5200 block of Kent Ave. that morning, even before firefighters could begin battling the flames in earnest. That fight continues in the intensive care unit at University Health, where three of the boys are recovering.

Friday, 6-year-old Keyvarion was able to look at his mother for the first time since the fire. "When he opened his eyes, I was like Key can you see Momma? He shook his head 'yes,' and so I licked my tongue out at him and he licked his tongue out at me and I started crying," recalls Keyvarion's mother, Tenesha Pipkins. Keyvarion is now breathing on his own and opening his eyes. "He kept pointing because he couldn't talk; he wanted to hold all the balloons that were on his bed," says Tenesha.

His cousin, 4-year-old Jayden Williams, is still on a ventilator and his face is still too swollen to open his eyes. His brother, 2-year-old Jaycob, has already started physical therapy to walk again.

"Walking in the burn unit, the first time seeing your child, we just laid eyes on these children, before they went to sleep and then the next time you see them, you walk up and they are burned from head to toe, screaming hysterical in pain, there's nothing you can do," says Aiesha Mitchell. Her 2 sons were sleeping over at their aunt Tenesha's house, just 2 doors down, as she prepped for Thanksgiving dinner. "When I got out there, that's all I could think, where are my babies?" Mitchell says. Shreveport police dash camera video shows the terror that night. In it, you can hear Mitchell screaming, "Where is my baby!?"

"There are no words to describe the feeling of standing and watching the house burn down with your kids in it, with the glass shattering, you only see that on the movies" Mitchell says. In the dashcam video, you can her an officer asking Tenesha, "How many were in there? How many?" She replies: "Three… it was three it was three!" The officer then says: "We got three out."

"They're trying to get them out and when the windows started busting out, I just fell to the ground, and I was like God, just please help them come out of there alive," Tenesha says.

"They risked their lives trying to save our kids," says Mitchell. In the dashcam video, you can hear the officer say, "You have to do what you have to do. 5 years ago we didn't get one out and I ain't going to let that happen again."

The boys' conditions are improving every day. The youngest boy could be out of the hospital as early as next week. The mothers say the 2 older boys may be in the ICU through the holidays.

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