DETROIT -

A 37-year-old man who has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the deadly fire that resulted in the deaths of his two young sons will be in court Thursday for a preliminary exam.

Kevin Deon Washington was arraigned just over a week ago.

His sons, 4-year-old Damien Washington and 1-year-old Mekhi Williams, died Dec. 6. when a fire broke out in their home on Prairie Street.

The two boys were pulled from an upstairs bedroom and transported to a local hospital, but died from their injuries.

Fire kills 2 children who were home alone

LOCAL 4. Guy: I CAN UNDERSTAND HOW THAT FATHER FEELS, ROD. Ruth: IF YOU'RE JUST JOINING US, WE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW A DEVASTATING STORY OF A FIRE THAT KILLED TWO LITTLE BOYS LEFT HOME ALONE IN THEIR DETROIT HOME. OUR WILL JONES IS LIVE FROM THE SCENE ON THE CITY'S WEST SIDE. THIS FIRE SUSPICIOUS, WILL? Will: GUY AND RUTH, FIREFIGHTERS SAY THEY BELIEVE THE FIRE STARTED IN THE AREA OF THE HOME WHERE THERE WERE SPACE HEATERS. RIGHT NOW, THEY'RE NOT RULING ANYTHING OUT. NEIGHBORS BELIEVE THE FIRE WAS ARSON. A DECISION TO LEAVE HIS YOUNG BOYS, AGES 1 AND 4 HOME ALONE THIS FATHER WISHES HE COULD TAKE BACK. HE WAS GONE NO MORE THAN TEN MINUTES, BUT ENOUGH FOR A FIRE TO TAKE THE LIVES OF HIS YOUNG BOYS. WORST FEELING I EVER HAD IN MY LIFE, BY FAR. Will: FIREFIGHTERS FOUND THEM IN AN UPSTAIRS BEDROOM. THE FIRE COULD BE ARSON. NEIGHBORS SPOTTED TWO MEN IN THEIR 30s WEARING HOODIES RUNNING FROM THE HOME. FIREFIGHTERS WENT DOOR TO DOOR, ASKING THOSE NEARBY WHAT THEY SAW. WE'RE LOOKING AT IT VERY SERIOUSLY AND HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT THE WITNESS IS SAYING AND WE HAVE TO FIND SOMETHING TO SUPPORT HIS STATEMENT. Will: POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING WHY THE FATHER LEFT THE CHILDREN HOME ALONE. NOT A GOOD IDEA, NEVER A GOOD IDEA. CERTAINLY CHILDREN GET INTO THINGS. WE'RE NOT SUGGESTING THAT THE CHILDREN IN THIS INSTANCE STARTED THE FIRE, BUT AGAIN IT'S STILL UNDETERMINED, BUT IT'S NOT A GOOD IDEA. Will: THE MOTHER OF THE CHILDREN HAD TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR DEATH IN JAIL. SHE WAS ARRESTED LAST NIGHT FOR A PROBATION VIOLATION. SO THIS FATHER WAS LEFT IN CHARGE OF FIVE CHILDREN AND THE THREE OTHER CHILDREN AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE WERE AT SCHOOL. LIVE ON THE WEST SIDE, WILL JONES, LOCAL 4. Ruth: AND WILL, DOES THE DAD HAVE ANY IDEA ABOUT WHO MAY HAVE STARTED IF THE FIRE? Will: NEIGHBORS DESCRIBE HIM AS A NICE GUY. HE SAID HE DOES NOT HAVE ANY ENEMIES AND IS SURPRISED THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS WOULD HAPPEN AT HIS HOME. ARSON INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING

Washington has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter (failure to perform a legal duty: failure to properly supervise the children so that defendant could help them escape from the burning house) and two counts of second-degree child abuse (failure to perform a legal duty: failure to properly supervise the children so that defendant could help them escape from the burning house).

Mekhi Williams and Damion Washington

--Mekhi Williams and Damion Washington