Children die in a mobile home fire in Louisiana on Christmas Day at 2:30 a.m., and the death of the three children, one girl, 13, and two boys, ages 11 and 12, are a terrible reminder that smoke alarms are only good if they are working. The death of the three children who died in the mobile home in Louisiana could have been avoided, but according to officials, “there were no working smoke alarms in the home,” reported CBS News on Dec. 25, 2013.
According to Louisiana State Police, the three children who died in the mobile home fire came from Alabama to visit relatives in Houma with their parents. At the time of the fire, there were 12 people in the mobile home.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, the Louisiana mobile home was already fully engulfed in flames and the three children were found dead inside once the fire was extinguished. Two people were able to escape the fire unharmed but the three deceased children's parents and five other children were taken to Baton Rouge General Hospital with moderate to severe injuries.
“According to Cain [Trooper Doug Cain], the victims' parents said they were awakened in the bedroom by the smoke that had seeped under the door. He added the father said he was able to grab one child from the living room and run outside to safety. He reportedly said the fire was too intense for him to go back in for the others. Reports indicate the man's wife and another child made it outside through a bedroom window and other family members sleeping on the other end of the home escaped through a back door.”
After the three children had died in the Louisiana mobile home fire, investigators discovered that the fire had started in the living room/kitchen area, most likely due to space heaters or candles that the occupants had been using, and that there were no working smoke alarms in the home.