WINCHESTER, Va. (WUSA) -- A Winchester mother and stepfather are grieving after losing their two small children in a fire.
It happened around 9:30 Thursday night in the 200 block of Summit Avenue.

Four-year-old Braydon and 6-year-old Landon were in the second floor bedroom.

Allen Berg is the boys' grandfather who has a message, "God, don't let your kids go to bed without hugging them tonight, please."

Family friends say the boys' step-grandfather was woken up by the hallway smoke detector around 9:30 last night.

Neighbors heard the mother screaming out the boys' names.
Berg says the stepfather burned his hands so badly trying to get to the boys, he was taken to the burn unit at Washington Hospital Center.

The family tried to get to the boys but it was too late.
Sandy Keiter is a family friend, "I'm feeling really sad, I feel so sorry, I have 6 grandchildren, I don't know what I would do if I lose them. They were special. They loved to go swimming and go to their grandmothers. They were special kids."

Jayson Music is a close family friend. He says little Braydon had special needs but both were bright kids who loved to play.
"He brings sunshine to your face. I'm going to miss his smile."

There was a working smoke detector but it's unclear if there was one in the room.

Music says that's a message he wants to get out. "You need a smoke detector in every room room because this is what happens."

Fire investigators are still looking into what caused this tragic fire, but they say it's not suspicious.

Current code for rental properties is to have a working smoke detector on each floor and in every bedroom. The fire marshall says the Jenkins home is compliant for when it was built.
The fire marshall says if there's not a smoke detector in each room, leave the kids' door open.

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