Deadly fire claims four

December 12, 2013

KETTERING (WDTN) — Four members of a Kettering family were killed after fire broke out inside their Craig Drive home early Thursday morning.

The state fire marshal says there is no evidence of a working smoke detector in the home.

“Although we do not yet know what caused this tragic loss of life, I want to remind everyone that working smoke detectors save lives,” said State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers. “It is so important that everyone have a functioning smoke alarm in their home and have an escape plan with at least two ways out.”

Kettering firefighter Lt. Craig Moore said Forrest Carroll, 76, made it out of the home around 3:50 a.m. and told a neighbor the house was on fire.

When police and firefighters arrived, Moore said Carroll was trying to go back inside the burning home. Carroll died in the fire, along with Alicia Mobley, 36, Shaun Mobley Jr., 4, and Jacob Mobley, 2, according to the Montgomery County Coroner. The father and two daughters, 3rd and 8th graders, managed to escaped the flames. He was injured and is being treated at a local hospital. A firefighter and a police officer also suffered minor injuries at the scene. Officials from the state fire marshal’s office are working with the Montgomery County Coroner to investigate.

Autopsies on the victims are scheduled for Friday.

Community of Support:

Even before officials identified the victims and the family involved, friends and neighbors were already planning a donation drive to support the family.

The drive will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Saturday, December 21 at Indian Riffle Elementary School in Kettering.

The drive is accepting anything for the family: clothes, furniture, home goods and even toys for Christmas.

Story courtesy of WDTN