Body Of Toddler Found In Burned Wagoner County Home
WAGONER COUNTY, Oklahoma - The Wagoner County Sheriff's Office said the body of a toddler was found in the wreckage of a burned home Friday morning.
The fire destroyed a family's home on Toppers Road just west of Fort Gibson Lake.
The parents rushed back into the mobile home to save their children, but authorities found the girl's body in the smoldering debris. Authorities initially thought the girl was around 6 months old, but the mother tells News On 6 she is a year and a half.
Three people in all were taken to the hospital where they are said to be stable, according to emergency management. All that is left now is the frame on the backside of the home.
Wagoner County Sheriff's Deputy Nick Mahoney said the mobile home was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived at 1:30 a.m., and it took several hours to get it out.
Mahoney said the parents tried to rescue their two children who were trapped inside the home, but they couldn't get the younger child out.
A neighbor said she woke up and heard the mother screaming for her baby girl. She says as soon as she saw the flames she rushed over to help.
"The mother said 'my baby, my baby.' Someone said there's a baby inside. They were trying to get in. I said 'stay out, stay out. You'll hurt yourself,'" said neighbor Vivienne Springer.
The state Fire Marshal's Office is investigating what caused the fire. Toppers and Wagoner Fire Departments worked the fire with help from members of Wagoner County Emergency Management.
"This is a tragic event, and our hearts and prayers go out to the family and everyone involved," said Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott.
The Wagoner Fire Department has begun taking donations for the family. They can be contacted at 918-485-3000.