4-year-old girl dies in mobile home fire

11:50 AM, Feb 16, 2014   |    comments
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Ruskin, Florida -- A 4-year-old girl was killed inside a mobile home fire on Friday, Feb. 14, while five other people were hurt. 

It happened around 11:00 p.m. at 425 18th Street SE Ruskin at the Wolf's mobile home park.

Hillsborough County firefighters arrived after getting through downed power lines. By the time they got there, the house was engulfed in flames.

"I saw the fire when my friends and I were driving by and we stopped to see if anyone needed help," said Zoe Jade Reed as she carried a bouquet of roses for the people who lived inside the home. "I was hoping to see the mom today (Saturday) and give her these."

Reed said neighbors were trying to help get inside the home.

"I asked a woman who was crying if anyone was still inside and she said, 'My daughter,'" said Reed.

She felt helpless as she tried to find water hoses or something to help put the flames out before firefighters arrived.

"The man outside, who was flown in a helicopter to the hospital, was covered in burns because he was trying to get to the little girl through the back window," said Reed. "Just watching was the worst feeling I have ever felt. I never want to feel that way again."

Firefighters knocked the fire out quickly once they arrived.

"It was hard for anyone to get to he little girl because, typically in mobile home fires, the roof collapses quickly, which it did here and partially hampered are ability to reach her," said Hillsborough County Public Information Officer Chip Shields.

Neighbors left flowers on what was left of the mobile home, including two vases filled with white flowers and a note saying, "May God watch over you."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Other neighbors told 10 News the mobile homes in that park do not have smoke alarms and do not have fire extinguishers.  

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