BRIDGEPORT - The next-door neighbor of a family killed in a Bridgeport apartment fire says she tried to save her friends before it was too late.

Alicia Hillard, who was friends with 23-year-old Tiana Black, says she awoke to thick smoke at around 12:45 a.m. Friday and thought her own apartment was on fire. When she realized it was next door, Hillard says she banged on her kitchen wall and on Black' s front door to try to save her, but when there was no response, she called 911.

Black and her three children were killed in the fire.