Two young brothers were killed in a fire at their Michigan home early Monday, Oct. 28, according to authorities.

Two brothers, ages 9 and 11, were in their home in Grosse Pointe, a Detroit suburb, when the fire broke out, according to WDIV.

Officials told WDIV that the boys ran upstairs to escape the flames and smoke after they saw the blaze. But they got trapped and were found incapacitated.

The boys had called their mother, who rushed home, but she and neighbors could not safely get inside the house as the fire roared.

They died despite desperate rescue efforts by their mother and neighbors.

The boys’ father was starting a new job and the mother was running some errands when the fire broke out, according to the newspaper.

A neighbor told the newspaper that the children loved going to Detroit Comic-Con and played hockey.

“It was a senseless tragedy that could have been avoided,” the man told the Free Press. “The mother and father lost their only two boys. They lost their property. They lost everything.”

An investigation into the fire is ongoing.

A prayer vigil for two brothers is planned for Wednesday evening, Oct. 30, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church.

A GoFundMe page set up to help their family in this difficult time.

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