Tuesday marks 24 years since the Waco siege of the Branch Davidians standoff began.

February 28, 1993, began the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound where dozens died.

According to the Houston Koresh and his followers at the Mount Carmel Center after allegations of polygamy and sexual abuse arose.

Their presence on the compound began a gun battle that took the lives of four ATF agents and five Branch Davidians on the first day.

The battle continued in a standoff until April 19, 51 days later.

President Bill Clinton signed off on a full-on siege of the Mount Carmel Compound at the recommendation of then-Attorney General Janet Reno and the FBI.

The compound eventually went up in flames.

In all, 76 Branch Davidians were found dead inside including their leader, David Koresh. Koresh was found dead with a shotgun wound.