A mother and three children died in a fire that destroyed a south Macon duplex this morning.

Bibb County fire chief Marvin Riggins says there were no fire detectors on either side of the building.

The victims have identified as Jennifer Caffee, 36; Elizabeth Caffee, 13; Wendy Chapman, 10; and Holly Tucker, 5.

The fire happened around 2 a.m. on Carmen Place in the Lynmore Estates neighborhood of south Macon.

Neighbors told 13WMAZ the fire was so bad there was nothing they could do to help.

Teresa Walker, who lived in the apartment on the other side of the duplex, has an amputated leg and had to toss her crutches out of her front window to escape.

"I went asleep and a bunch of fire just came upon the door -- smoke --and I got up, walked through the hallway; I tried to get out the back door. Couldn't get out 'cause the fire was so hot."

Three others survived the fire. James Tucker, father to the youngest victim, escaped with Scott Caffee, 15, and Bradon Caffee, 17 -- two siblings of the victims.

Riggins says the fire apparently started in the attic of the duplex home, but the cause is unknown.

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