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A resident of the Pulaski County home said he beat on the bedroom door of overnight guests as he tried to get two children out of the house. Two adults died in the blaze.
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A fire destroyed a mobile home in Pulaski County on Monday. The home's owner thinks the blaze was caused by a heater.
MELISSA POWELL | The Roanoke Times
Donald Mitchell (left) said he moved into the home permanently last month. Daniel Howard (right) is the homeowner’s brother.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Two adults died and a 1-year-old child was injured in a fire early Monday that destroyed a Pulaski County mobile home.
Two other adults and another child escaped the fire, which occurred on Poplar Lane just north of Dublin.
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call about the fire at 3:31 a.m. Monday. When deputies arrived, the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames. They learned that two adults had escaped with two children while two other adults remained inside. One child was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries.
Donald Mitchell said he was one of the adults who escaped. He said later Monday that his girlfriend, Danielle Carter, owns the mobile home. Mitchell, 37, said he had been living at the residence on and off for a year but moved in permanently last month.
He said he lives there with Carter’s two children, 1-year-old Shaylin and 4-year-old Kaytlin.
Mitchell said he isn’t sure what time it was when Carter woke him up, telling him that they had to get the children out of the house. At that point, he said, at least one room was already in flames and the house was filled with smoke.
Though he doesn’t know the cause of the fire, he said he thinks it started in the bedroom where Shaylin was sleeping, possibly because of a heater. Shaylin was later taken to the hospital for burns on her hands but has been released, Mitchell said.
Once he and Carter got the children to a neighbor’s house, he went back to check on two adults whom he said had come to visit the night before and had spent the night in a spare bedroom.
“I had hollered for them and beat on the door when I was trying to get the children out,” Mitchell said. “When I got back, there was so much smoke I couldn’t get in the house. I couldn’t hear anything, and I didn’t know if they were still in there.”
When the fire was extinguished, sheriff’s investigators and firefighters located the bodies of the two adults. The bodies were sent to the Western District office of the chief medical examiner in Roanoke. The victims’ names will not be released until all family notifications have been made.
Mitchell said the guests — who were a married couple — were friends of Carter’s, and he did not know them well. Mitchell identified the couple by name, but The Roanoke Times is withholding the identities until additional confirmation is available.
Mitchell said wasn’t wearing shoes or a jacket when he left the house. A neighbor has since provided him with some clothing, he said. He said he doubts anything will be salvageable from inside the charred home.
Carter’s brother, Daniel Howard, lives up the road. He said his sister grew up in the mobile home, and he lived there on and off during his childhood.
When his grandmother died in 2009, she left the residence to his sister, Howard said.
Mitchell said one dog was inside the residence but got out safely. Three dogs that were kept outside also survived. A pet snake, Ralph, died in the fire, he said.
The Dublin Fire Department worked the fire and was assisted by the Fairlawn and Newbern volunteer fire departments. The investigation into the fire’s cause is ongoing and is being handled by investigators from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the Dublin Fire Department.
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