Green Beret dies trying to save kids from burning home (VIDEO)

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A decorated Special Forces soldier recently returned from his fifth tour of Afghanistan has died trying to save his two young daughters from their burning home near a North Carolina military post.

The girls, Natalia, aged 4 and Isabella, aged 6, were also killed, according to the Associated Press.

CNN reported that Chief Warrant Officer II Edward Duane Cantrell, 36 — a Green Beret — was a member of the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg.

CNN cited officials as saying Cantrell, his wife Louise, 37, and the girls were upstairs when the fire broke out just before 2 a.m. Tuesday in Fayetteville.

Debbie Tanna, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office said Louise Cantrell had jumped from a second-floor window and ran next door for help while her husband wrapped himself in a blanket and went to get their daughters.

"They never made it out," Tanna reportedly said.

"It's just terrible. We sit here and say our Special Forces can take care of America and this man is trying to go up there and take care of his family and he can't," NBC quoted Cindy Jacobs, who works at Alzheimer's Related Care next door to the house, where Louise Cantrell ran for help, as saying.

The Cantrell home in Hope Mills, built in 1920, is about 10 miles from the post that accommodates the Green Berets and other Special Forces units, the AP reported.

According to the news service, Cantrell joined the Army in 1994, and aside from his five deployments to Afghanistan had one combat deployment to Iraq.

He was reportedly awarded four Bronze Stars and one Purple Heart for wounds suffered in a war zone.

Below is a video of the fire investigation:

Special Forces Soldier Dies Trying to Save Kids

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