DILLON, S.C. (AP) — A man tried desperately to rescue his wife and three children from their burning home early Tuesday, only to be kept back as his wife cried for his help, witnesses said.

Jennifer Sowells, 27, and sons LaKwan, 4; Curtis Jr., 3; and Darrell, 2, died in the blaze, according to relatives and neighbors.

"The only thing we could do was sit here and hear these kids screaming their last words, 'Help,"' said neighbor Doisan Lundy, 21. "That's repeating in my head over and over and over. I haven't closed my eyes since it happened."