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6 die in Woodward mobile home fire

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's office go over the site of a multi-fatality mobile home fire in Woodward on Wednesday. Officials say six people, including some children, are dead after a fire swept through the home. Fire Chief Todd Finley says one boy escaped the blaze early Wednesday morning after a firefighter and a bystander were able to free him through a window. [Dawnita Fogleman/The Woodward News via AP]
Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's office go over the site of a multi-fatality mobile home fire in Woodward on Wednesday. Officials say six people, including some children, are dead after a fire swept through the home. Fire Chief Todd Finley says one boy escaped the blaze early Wednesday morning after a firefighter and a bystander were able to free him through a window. [Dawnita Fogleman/The Woodward News via AP]

WOODWARD — A fire tore through a mobile home early Wednesday, killing six people, among them several children, officials said.

One boy managed to escape the blaze after the first firefighter at the scene heard a voice from inside the home and knocked an air conditioner from a window with the help of a bystander, said Todd Finley, the fire chief in Woodward, a city of roughly 12,000 people about 125 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.

“The last report I have is that that child is going to make it," Finley said. “Unfortunately, we weren't able to save the six other people that were inside the house."

Finley declined to say how many children died in the fire, but he said the dead included a mix of kids and adults and that the state medical examiner's office would work to identify them.

Flames were shooting out the doors and windows of the home when firefighters arrived, and the heat from the blaze started melting firefighters' masks when they tried to enter, the chief said.

He said he didn't know if the home had working smoke detectors and that the state fire marshal's office was trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

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