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Two children die in mobile home fire

Feb. 11, 2008 @ 03:21 PM

MILLER, Ohio -- Two children, a boy and a girl, died in a fire at a mobile home in the Miller area this morning.

The mother of the children was able to get an infant out of the home, but the fire was too intense for her to re-enter the house for the other two children.

The children’s names are Travis Holley Jr. and Paige Holley. Their mother is Amanda Holley.

Ed Webb of the Chesapeake Volunteer Fire Department, said Paige and Travis Holley Jr. were between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. He estimated that the child who was rescued was about a year old.

Units with the Rome Volunteer Fire Department had received a call about an entrapment in a mobile home fire at about 11 a.m., said Mike Boster, Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency director.

The mobile home is located along Ohio 7 in the Miller area north of Athalia.

Johnny Runyon is Amanda Holley’s great uncle. He came to the scene with his wife, Linda.

“It’s a sad thing,” she said. “We came to pray with them and try to comfort them.”

Nothing so far indicates the fire was anything but an accident, Ken Crawford, assistant chief of the Southeast District of the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Investigative Bureau, said about 1:30 p.m. today. He is on the scene with two investigators, who were in the area investigating an unrelated fire when this one occurred.

They came to the scene because of the fatalities, not because there was any sign of arson.

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