An elderly couple and two grandchildren died in a house fire late Sunday night in Bedford County.
Sheriff Randall Boyce told Nashville's News 2 authorities were notified around 10:30 p.m. after a passerby found the home, located at 730 Kingdom Road in the Rover community, about 45 miles southeast of Nashville, ablaze.
"It was a shock. It was shock just to have to stand there and see everything happen," said the victim's daughter, Benita Lahr.
The victims have been identified as 72-year-old Leon McClaran Sr., his wife, 70-year-old Molly McClaran, and the couple's grandchildren, nine-year-old Chloie Leverette and seven-year-old Gage Daniel, a special needs student.
"Anytime you've got two kids like that, it's rough. It sure is," said Bedford County Sheriff Randall Boyce.
The McClarans had been married for more than 30 years and had been raising the children for the last five.
Relatives and members of the community describe the McClarans as a well-loved, well-known couple.
Leon McClaran was a retired farmer.
Molly McClaran was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She was first diagnosed more than two decades ago, but the cancer had recently returned
The family's dogs and chickens also died in the fire.
Witnesses told Nashville's News 2 one of the dogs was running down the driveway on fire when the first fire trucks arrived on the scene.
A Unionville firefighter described the situation as a "worst-case scenario." He told the Shelbyville Times-Gazette no hydrants are nearby and large fire trucks could barely squeeze into the space between the home and fences.
Firefighters had to truck in water and eventually set up a large plastic water trough near the home from which to draw from.
Remains of three of the four victims were recovered Monday.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.