Three children die in Scioto County fire | The Columbus Dispatch

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Three children died in a mobile home fire in Scioto County last night. Two adults were injured attempting to rescue children from the burning mobile home at 3188 Frederick Road in Wheelersburg, the state fire marshal's office reports.

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Befuddled

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no smoke detectors and the adults got out. What a horrible thing to happen to anyone so close to Christmas, but WHY no smoke detectors? Practically every last fire department in the country, paid or volunteer, will help you get a smoke detector cheap or free. No kid should have to die so horribly because the adults couldn't be bothered to hang a lousy smoke detector!!! No smoke detectors and a death resulting should be negligent homicide for the homeowners/responsible adults. I think this is legislation that needs to be made/enforced pronto!
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Befuddled wrote:
no smoke detectors and the adults got out. What a horrible thing to happen to anyone so close to Christmas, but WHY no smoke detectors? Practically every last fire department in the country, paid or volunteer, will help you get a smoke detector cheap or free. No kid should have to die so horribly because the adults couldn't be bothered to hang a lousy smoke detector!!! No smoke detectors and a death resulting should be negligent homicide for the Iehomeowners/responsible adults. I think this is legislation that needs to be made/enforced pronto!
I feel you. My condolences to their family and friends.May Jehovah bless you all.
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Where were the adults to begin with? Why did these 3 children die a needless death? This is so horrible I have small children and you better believe in if a fire broke out I'd die trying to save them. I wouldn't leave the house without them. I don't understand.
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Tragic you don't know what you would do til you are in the situation. There was an explosion that knocked the adults out of the trailor. This is a very sad situation and I don't know many children at those ages that can hear a smoke detector and know what to do. Not to mention a house trailor will burn to the ground in 7 minutes. I am praying for the Stacey family for strength to get through this horrible disaster.
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Too many poor rural families are forced to use space heaters or wood stoves in highly flammable mobile homes in Ohio.
We see fires like this every year and it's the poor that face lose and suffer.

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this wasn't chuck Staceys family was it?
Blaizlin

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How very tragic for all involved...the children, their parents and families the Fire Department, EMS. My heart goes out to all of you.
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An explosion blew them out of the trailor? I thought a kerosine heater caught on fire? I don't have to be in a horrible situation to know I would die trying to save my babies. I wasn't even saying they didn't try. That's why I asked where were the parents. It's a terrible situation when 3 little one are taken to soon. So don't think I'm being disrespectful of the children and I'll pray for this family
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I agree bubba. Money plays a huge part in this. If you can't afford a safe way to heat you get what you can to warm your family and just be as safe as you can. My uncle is fire chief of a local vol fire dept and is always going over safe heating options but some are just more then some people can afford. Idk why there isn't a grant out there to help pay for safe hearing options for people that need help
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Tragic wrote:
An explosion blew them out of the trailor? I thought a kerosine heater caught on fire? I don't have to be in a horrible situation to know I would die trying to save my babies. I wasn't even saying they didn't try. That's why I asked where were the parents. It's a terrible situation when 3 little one are taken to soon. So don't think I'm being disrespectful of the children and I'll pray for this family
Too many people think they can safely refill a kerosene heater while it is still burning. All too often,tragedy ensues. Please be careful and don't refill the heater while it is still hot!!!!
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sad story wrote:
<quoted text>I feel you. My condolences to their family and friends.May Jehovah bless you all.
I agree, they made it mandatory to wear seat belts to protect ourselves during a car accident, why are smoke detectors not mandatory. 143 is too many to have died this year from fire.
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Tragic wrote:
Idk why there isn't a grant out there to help pay for safe hearing options for people that need help
Or they could give up their big-screen cable tvs, cell phones, pop and smokes and pay for it themselves.
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how sad
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Tragic wrote:
I agree bubba. Money plays a huge part in this. If you can't afford a safe way to heat you get what you can to warm your family and just be as safe as you can. My uncle is fire chief of a local vol fire dept and is always going over safe heating options but some are just more then some people can afford. Idk why there isn't a grant out there to help pay for safe hearing options for people that need help
HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) provides low-income people assistance with heating bills. The application process is fairly simple. http://www.development.ohio.gov/community/ocs...

Wood stoves and space heaters can be used safely. If for some reason you can't use these things safely, you shouldn't have them in your home. Smoke detectors (and batteries) can be obtained for free at local fire departments. I'm not passing judgement on these people - you can be vigilant, do everything right and still have a fatal fire - but people with children have a responsibility to do the best they can to protect them. The problem isn't money, it's the belief that these tragedies will never happen to *you.
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Three children killed recently in Bucyrus in a mobile home. No smoke detectors there either! What the h** is the matter with people!

Instead of funding unneeded speed cameras for school zones we should fund smoke detectors for every trailer in Ohio and require the park manager to test it every year.

That being said, condolences for this family and their loss.
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I have to say, quite a few "class acts" on here. First to judge another family because the father didn't die trying to save his kids or because it's Southern Ohio, it was a meth lab mishap. And even better, if you live in a mobile home you shouldn't raise a family. Hopefully you'll never find yourself in a similar situation but if you do maybe someone can judge you just the same.
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sick at heart wrote:
Tragic you don't know what you would do til you are in the situation. There was an explosion that knocked the adults out of the trailor. This is a very sad situation and I don't know many children at those ages that can hear a smoke detector and know what to do. Not to mention a house trailor will burn to the ground in 7 minutes. I am praying for the Stacey family for strength to get through this horrible disaster.
It's important to gather your family and instruct them on what to do. This, of course, is age dependent on level of understanding, but even young kids can be taught that when a smoke detector goes off that means danger and they should run outside right away.

I'll bet a volunteer department would even visit trailer parks to hold meetings and inspections of smoke alarms. Could be a treat for the kids if they bring a truck. Would even be instructional for adults.

As for chastising people for living in trailers, some of them are really quite nice and I wouldn't mind living in one myself.

Unusual December cold this year is hastening this perennial problem with heat source fires in homes and trailers.
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If you are so screwed up you are raising kids in a mobile home, then you probably lack the will, organizational skills and sense to install smoke detectors.
Have you seen some of these trailers lately? I'll bet most of them are nicer than your house.
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oneofakind wrote:
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I agree, they made it mandatory to wear seat belts to protect ourselves during a car accident, why are smoke detectors not mandatory. 143 is too many to have died this year from fire.
Why? Because Ohions do not like the government telling us how to live. Remember, less government is better for us.
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A couple of years ago we donated $300 worth of smoke alarms to our local Toys for Tots instead of toys. Hopefully we saved some lives.

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