Three children die in a mobile home fire in Louisiana and injures seven on a day meant for family traditions. Officials said two brothers ages 11 and 12 and their sister, 13, died early Christmas Day at the Whispering Oaks Trailer Park in Houma, Huffington Post reports Dec. 25.
District Chief Lance LaMarca of the state Fire Marshal's office said the children's parents -- along with five other children -- were taken to Baton Rouge burn unit.
The Louisiana mobile home fire was reportedly engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived at the scene about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. The father of the children rescued one of them when smoke came through his bedroom door. Unfortunately he was not successful in rescuing his other three children that had to die because the fire spread so quickly in the mobile home. He was the most badly burned victim of the fire....with the mother being second. All the survivors are expected to recover.
When the Louisiana mobile home fire was raging, "the mother and another child escaped through a window, while relatives sleeping in another bedroom at the opposite end of the mobile home got out through a back door," the report said.
The children and their parents were visiting from Alabama for Christmas. There were 12 people in the trailer at the time. It could be that space heaters and candles may have caused the fire. LaMarca said it could be hard to determine what resulted in the fire since damage so severe. Electrical appliances near the kitchen may have played a role in it as well.
Christmas day is an especially difficult day to hear children die in a mobile home fire in Louisiana or anywhere in the world. No time is ever worse than another day, but Christmas Day makes it a prevalent tragedy for all.