Hamilton County mobile home fire claims three lives

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By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 2, 2017

HAMILTON CO., Fla. (WCTV) -- A family of three are dead after a fire consumes a Hamilton County home.

Behind the fence and tall trees on Southwest 57th Lane is the charred debris left behind.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says a neighbor called 911 after hearing an explosion Friday night.

Investigators believe it was an accident and the fire started in the back near the kitchen.

They say the victims appear to be a 7-year-old girl, 13-year-old boy, and their mother.

All three were found in seperate bedrooms.

Bikes and cars are left untouched in the backyard of the family home.

Neighbors and close friends say it belongs to the Gause family.

They say the family was loved by many in the community.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is still investigating the fire.

The Sheriff's Office says they're working on getting the positive identification of the three victims.

They're now waiting to hear back from a medical examiner's office in Jacksonville.

By: Amy Robinson | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 2, 2017

HAMILTON COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Three people were killed in a mobile home fire near Jasper early Saturday morning, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office confirms.

Sheriff Harrell Reid says they received a call around 1 a.m. Saturday from neighbors saying that they heard an explosion.

Crews responded to the scene in the Mill Creek Estates subdivision off of County Road 249 and found a mobile home engulfed in flames on SW 57th Lane.

Officials say three people were found dead inside the home, believed to be a 7-year-old girl, a 13-year-old boy and a woman believed to be the mother of the children.

The names of the victims have not yet been released, pending positive identification from the Medical Examiner's Office in Jacksonville.

Officials say the fire is believed to be accidental in nature and appears to have started when the victims were sleeping.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is continuing to investigate.

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