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Merrimack Valley

September 16, 2013

Police: Ohio mobile home fire kills man, 5 kids


“Every time the ice cream truck came through, we’d say, ‘Here, get yourselves something,’” Hummell said.

The fire burned quickly, breaking out windows and peeling some of the trailer’s aluminum siding, Hummell and Williams said.

A stroller, a little pink bicycle and an adult bicycle with a bike trailer attached to the back could be seen outside the home with its charred and broken windows. Hummell said the woman would often load up the trailer with the children and ride through the mobile home park.

“She was always good to her kids,” he said.

Police said emergency responders were at the home within minutes after the fire was reported. Tiffin fire officials didn’t immediately return messages left Sunday.

Harry Miller, chief of the Bascom Joint Fire District outside Tiffin, said about 30 members of his volunteer department assisted the city department. He said the fire was knocked down fairly quickly, and his crew had left the scene after an hour or two.

He said he had no information as to what caused the fire and referred questions on that to Tiffin fire officials.

Miller noted that fires involving children are among the most difficult for firefighters to handle, especially for those new to the job.

“We had some new EMTs on the scene as well, and it’s very tough on everyone when it involves kids,” Miller said. “It hits home because we all have kids.”

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