A family member rushed to the scene of a house fire in Knox County on Saturday to try to save the people inside, but the two adults and five children in the small house all died.
The woman who died was three months pregnant, according to relatives of the man with whom she was living.
The two adults and three of the children lived at the house, but two little girls who died were there for a sleepover, family members of the victims said.
The deaths devastated family members, said Ray Disney, an uncle of the man who died.
"It's a sad day," Disney said as he looked at the burned house.
State police are investigating the fire. Investigators had not determined a cause Saturday afternoon, said Sgt. Jackie Pickrell. However, foul play is not suspected, Pickrell said.
Police did not release the names of those who died. Autopsies will be required to make a formal identification, authorities said.
However, family members identified the adults as Jesse Disney, who was in his mid-20s; his girlfriend, Nina Asher, 22, who was pregnant with their child; and her three children from a prior relationship, William, 3; Camden, 2; and Abigail, who was not quite a year old.
"They were the best kids in the world," William Gray, the father of the three, said through tears.
Two other girls who died, thought to be ages 3 and 2, were at the house for a sleep over. Their names were not available Saturday.
All seven likely died of smoke inhalation, according to relatives of Jesse Disney.
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