Mobile home fire in Cherokee County kills four


Thursday, December 2nd 2004, 11:44 am
By: News On 6


A deadly fire early Thursday morning in rural Cherokee County kills two young children and two adults. Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fire.

It happened early Thursday morning in the small town of Briggs which is about 5 miles east of Tahlequah. News on 6 reporter Ashli Sims says it has been a long tough day for investigators.

It’s always hard to investigate a deadly fire but when the victims are children, a 2 year old and a 5 year old, it's even harder. The fire was devastating, the trailer was leveled and it was still smoking Thursday afternoon. The fire was reported around 3:30 AM. Cherokee County Sheriff Delena Goss says some witnesses reported hearing an explosion but others said it sounded more like a gunshot.

Investigators have removed the collapsed roof to find the four bodies inside. The sheriff's department says the victims are two adults and two children. They have not been identified.

Sheriff Goss says investigators did find items that could be related to meth on the scene but they cannot confirm that a meth lab caused the fire.

The whole tragedy comes as a shock to people in this close knit community. Neighbor Melissa Moore: "It's hard to realize something like that happening so close, words can't explain."

Sheriff Goss says she doesn't think the two adult victims were related to the children. She says the parents weren't home at the time of the fire. Investigators say they were at a nearby casino.