Mother whose young sons were killed in fire believes it was arson, talks about her struggle to cope

DETROIT (WXYZ) - "You never know when God is going to claim his angels. You never know," said Andrea Williams speaking publicly for the first time since losing two of her sons in a house fire on Detroit's west side.

Firefighters tried desperately to save Damion Washington, 4, and Mekhi Williams, 1, but both boys would not survive the blaze Friday that their mother and others believe was no accident.

The day of the fire, at least one neighbor reported seeing two men walk up to the Prairie Street home and throw what appeared to be a gas container toward the front window. Other neighbors reported seeing a black F-150 speed away.

Kevin Washington, 36, has admitted to leaving the children alone while he went to see a neighbor across the street. He's now being held on a $100,000 bond after being charged with two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter and Child Abuse for leaving the children unattended.

"There are witnesses saying that someone threw something in there and it's arson. While they're focusing on him, they're taking the attention off of who actually killed my children," said Williams who spoke exclusively with 7 Action News Thursday. "He didn't kill them, but someone did."

Williams' three other children, a girl and two boys, were at school when the fire burned the home she owned that was not insured.

"We still have to raise the kids. They lost everything. The only thing they had was the uniform on their back," said Thea Pope, the children's grandmother.

The family has set up memorial funds for anyone who would like to help as they struggle to pay for two burials and rebuild their lives after the devastating fire.

Williams says that Damion and Mekhi are never coming back is still so hard to comprehend.

Anyone wishing to help the family can make a donation at any Huntington Bank in care of the Damion Washington Estate or the Mekhi Williams Estate.

"It doesn't even seem real. It seems like they're with the rest of the kids right now and when I go pick them up, it's going to be all of them."

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