WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WXIX) – Three people are dead in a two-alarm fire at a mobile home in West Chester Township early Tuesday, fire officials say.
A police officer on patrol saw a large amount of smoke pouring from the trailer on Erie Circle near Ohio 747 just before 1 a.m., according to West Chester Fire Chief Rick Prinz.
First responders found three residents inside and pulled them out.
All of the residents were given CPR while they were transported to hospitals in West Chester and Fairfield, but they were pronounced dead, Prinz said.
A firefighter suffered heat exhaustion.
“We have information that potentially up to six people lived there, three that we rescued then three others that were elsewhere this evening for whatever reason. At work or visiting other family, I’m not sure, but potentially up to six people that lived there,” Prinz said.
The cause of the fire, which appears to have started in a back bedroom, remains under investigation, according to Prinz.
He said the back bedroom looks suspicious as a potential point of origin.
Officials with the State Fire Marshal’s Office joined West Chester fire crews to assist the investigation.
They are expected to remain on scene until at least noon.
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3 dead in West Chester fire