Mobile home fire kills 2-year-old

By GRANT BOXLEITNER
GBOXLEITNER@NEWS-PRESS.COM
Published by news-press.com on May 8, 2005


A 2-year-old boy died in a mobile home fire late Saturday in Suncoast Estates, and the rest of his family was hospitalized, sheriff’s officials said.

When a deputy arrived shortly before 10 p.m. at 7949 Hart Drive, a man, woman and 3-year-old boy were outside the burning house, but a 2-year-old boy was still inside, said sheriff’s spokesman Larry King.

The deputy wasn’t able to enter the home, which was half engulfed in flames, King said.

No names of the victims were released late Saturday.

North Fort Myers Fire Chief Terry Pye said the man was overcome by smoke and suffered lacerations from breaking a window. Four engines responded to the fire.

“We had the fire under control within minutes,” Pye said.

Next-door neighbor Brian Turner, 30, said he saw the fast-spreading blaze start in the back of the trailer and called 911.

“They lost one of their babies,” he said. “If they would have told us he was inside, we may have been able to save him.

“It’s a sad thing. Those trailers go fast.”

Turner said he just moved in about three months ago and did not have much contact with the family.

The three other family members who lived in the burning house were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital, deputies said.

Officials with the medical examiner’s office took the body wrapped in a white sheet from a parked ambulance shortly after midnight today.

The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze.

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