On Sept. 21, 1988, when the triplets were only 17 months old, their house suddenly and inexplicably became engulfed in flames. Their father, Scott, rescued them through their bedroom window. Their mother Patti was found lying unconscious in a back room of the home, in critical condition from smoke inhalation. Patti died three days later at age 27.
After the fire, the triplets' three highchairs -- covered in rubble -- can be seen through the blinds of their fire-ravaged home.
(Courtesy of the Fort Worth Star - Telegram Collection, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library)