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Six victims including three children are killed in a fire in a mobile home in Oklahoma where a nine-year-old boy managed to escape through a window

 Six people including three children have been killed in a fire in a mobile home in Oklahoma where a nine-year-old boy managed to escape by climbing through a window. 

The deadly blaze tore through the home in the 1100 block of Kansas Avenue in Woodward early Wednesday morning, officials said.

Firefighters managed to save the young boy by using a lawnmower to knock an air conditioner unit from a window after hearing him shouting for help inside. 

The boy was the only survivor with six others including three children aged five, eight and 12 all perishing in the blaze. The cause of the fire is not yet known. 

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's office go over the site of a multi-fatality mobile home fire in Woodward Wednesday

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's office go over the site of a multi-fatality mobile home fire in Woodward Wednesday

Six people including three children have been killed in a fire in a mobile home in Oklahoma where a 9-year-old boy managed to escape by climbing through a window

Six people including three children have been killed in a fire in a mobile home in Oklahoma where a 9-year-old boy managed to escape by climbing through a window

Firefighters managed to save the young boy by using a lawnmower to knock an air conditioner unit from a window after hearing him shouting for help inside

Firefighters managed to save the young boy by using a lawnmower to knock an air conditioner unit from a window after hearing him shouting for help inside

Woodward fire crews responded to reports of a fire at the single-wide mobile home at about 1:17 a.m. Wednesday, said Chief Todd Finley. 

The first firefighter on the scene, Shift Captain David Bates, arrived to find the home already 'three quarters involved' with flames coming out of the windows and doors, Finley told Woodward News

Bates then heard a voice coming from inside the home and managed to knock an air conditioner from a window with the help of a bystander, he said.

This created an escape route for the 9-year-old boy to jump out.


Other firefighters arrived on scene and used a ladder to climb up through the open window into the burning home to look for other survivors. 

But the crews were forced to retreat back outside due to the intensity of the heat which started to melt their face masks, reported Oklahoma News4

'They opened the door go into the interior part of that house, and the heat was so hot it was starting to melt their face shields,' Finley said.

The firefighters were forced to battle the fire from the outside and soon had the blaze under control.  

The fire chief said he had 'never seen anything or participated in anything so devastating' in his 25-year career. The remains of the mobile home following the fire

The fire chief said he had 'never seen anything or participated in anything so devastating' in his 25-year career. The remains of the mobile home following the fire 

The deadly blaze tore through the home in the 1100 block of Kansas Avenue in Woodward early Wednesday morning, officials said

The deadly blaze tore through the home in the 1100 block of Kansas Avenue in Woodward early Wednesday morning, officials said

The bodies of the six victims were then discovered inside the home. 

A neighboring structure was also partially damaged but fire crews managed to stop the blaze spreading further. 

Finley confirmed the fire department was unable to save the six victims but said it was 'so fortunate' the young boy survived.

He was recovering at a local hospital Wednesday and 'is going to make it', he added. 

'Unfortunately, we weren't able to rescue anyone else out of the structure,' Finley said. 

'It was a no-win situation from the beginning. We were so fortunate that we got at least one saved.' 

Finley declined to say how many children died in the fire, but he said the dead included a mix of kids and adults and that the state medical examiner's office and state fire marshal were working to identify them.

Flowers and a teddy bear are left at the scene of the fire that killed six Wednesday

Flowers and a teddy bear are left at the scene of the fire that killed six Wednesday 

The boy was the only survivor with six others including three children aged five, eight and 12 all perishing in the blaze

The boy was the only survivor with six others including three children aged five, eight and 12 all perishing in the blaze

The cause of the fire is not yet known and is under investigation, officials said

The cause of the fire is not yet known and is under investigation, officials said 

Relatives later identified the victims as three children aged five, eight and 12 and three adults while the only survivor was aged nine, reported Oklahoma News 4. 

Their names have not yet been released. 

The fire chief said he had 'never seen anything or participated in anything so devastating' in his 25-year career.

He said he didn't know if the home had working smoke detectors and that the state fire marshal's office was working to determine the cause of the blaze. 

Local residents in Woodward, a city of about 12,000 in rural eastern Oklahoma, held a vigil at Living Word Fellowship for the victims Wednesday evening.  

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