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Minn. man devastated after 5 of 7 kids die in fire

Updated at: 02/16/2014 12:57 PM
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(AP) MINNEAPOLIS - MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — From his hospital bed, a Minneapolis man who lost five of his seven children in a fire says all he can think of is how he wanted to save his babies.

Sixty-year-old Troy Lewis jumped from a second-story window after the fire broke out Friday morning. He says he ran back in to save his children and was confronted with the most painful decision a parent can face: deciding which children to save.

He rescued 9-year-old Shaca and tried to save 8-year-old Christopher, but his son was already dead. He assumed two other children who were in Christopher's room were also dead, so he grabbed 5-year-old Electra.

He tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "I wanted to get all of my babies."

Shaca and Electra remain in critical condition Sunday.

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