Mobile home fire kills 5 children, 1 adult in Tiffon, Ohio

TIFFIN, Ohio (AP) -- Police say a mobile home fire has killed five children and an adult in northwest Ohio.

Tiffin police say in a news release that the fire was reported shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday in a mobile home park. Police say part of the home was engulfed in flames when crews arrived.

Firefighters pulled a man and five small children from the home in the city southeast of Toledo. They were pronounced dead at the hospital.

The manager of Highland Park Estates mobile home park, Nancy Williams, says she ran to the home when a neighbor alerted her to the blaze. Williams says neighbors couldn't get past the flames and smoke to help.

Police haven't released the victims' identities. Williams says a man and his girlfriend lived there with their son and the girlfriend's four daughters.

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A fire swept through a mobile home Sunday morning, killing a man and five children, police said.

The fire was reported shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday in the Highland Trailer Park in Tiffin, about 50 miles southeast of Toledo, city police said in a release. Police say part of the mobile home was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived.

Fire crews pulled the man and five children from the home Highland Park Estates mobile . All six were taken to Tiffin Mercy Hospital, where they were later pronounced dead, police said.

Police were working Sunday to identify the victims, and the state fire marshal was sending a team to help determine the cause. They said the victims' identities would not be released until relatives were notified.

Police said emergency responders were on the scene within minutes after someone reported the fire. 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's fire 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."

Miller said he didn't know how old the children were but was told they were small.

A message left at a listing for the mobile home park was not immediately returned.

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