2 children die, 2 others hospitalized after mobile home fire in Pulaski County, Mo.

Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 4:01 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2022 at 5:14 PM CST
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NEAR ST. ROBERT, Mo. (KY3) - The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of a fire in a mobile home killing two children and sending another child and a man to the hospital in Pulaski County.

The fire started just after 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District responded to the mobile home fire on Host Drive, northeast of St. Robert. One neighbor said she woke up to the smell of smoke and thought it was her home on fire.

“At first I thought my place was on fire because our bedroom is all the way in the back. So when I woke up, it was lit like a Christmas tree out here from one end to the next,” said Joyce Hampton.

She came out on her front porch and could see firefighters trying to get into the home.

“I just saw them axing in like calling their way into the trailer and the flames rolling out,” said Hampton.

Two of the victims were trapped inside the mobile home when the first units arrived on the scene. One child was flown to a Springfield hospital. The man was taken to a hospital in Rolla.

Hampton said she could see firefighters carrying one of the kids to the ambulance.

“I saw the firefighters and everything running up and down the road,” said Hampton. “And then they carried a little boy out. And he was dangling in the firefighter’s arms.”

It took firefighters about one hour to put out the fire.

St. Robert Fire, Fort Leonard Wood Fire, and the Dixon Rural Fire Protection District also responded to the fire along with ambulances from Pulaski County and Dixon.

The Pulaski County Coroner’s Office is conducting a death investigation.

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