I understand at these times, things can me tough. This is a story about a family. The father worked graveyard, the mother worked day. Everyday they would leave their 11, 8, and 5 yr old home alone for less then hour while one was getting home from work the other was going to work. The mobile home caught fire during that short period of time and the 5 yr old lost her life. They had family ear by but they never bothered to see if someone can watch them for less then a hour while one parent returned. Like I said I understand times are tough but it was less then a hour. Have a neighbor or a family member watch them for that very short period of time because you never know if something like this could happen.
A 5-year-old girl died in a fast-moving fire that ripped through a mobile home here.
Police said the fire began just before 7 a.m. Friday at the Clearfield Mobile Home Park at 400 South State. Three children were home alone when the fire started, Clearfield Police Chief Greg Krusi told Fox 13.
"Two of the three children were able to escape, they ran over to grandmother's trailer which is not too far away," Krusi said. "There was a 5-year-old child that was not able to get out of the trailer."
Clearfield police identified the girl as 5-year-old Harleigh Wilson. At the scene, firefighters could be seen going through the smoldering structure. Police told Fox 13 the girl's body was found in the rear of the mobile home, where a bedroom was.
North Davis Fire District Chief Mark Becraft told Fox 13 the fire appears to have been started by a clothes dryer.
"The appliance ignited some combustibles on the backside of the dryer, it quickly consumed the room and extended down the hallway," he said Friday.
Harleigh's 11 and 8-year-old siblings told authorities that the smoke detector was working inside the home, but they could not make it through the hallway to where she was. Another neighbor who rushed to help also couldn't even get inside the door, Becraft said.
"We arrived five minutes after dispatch," he said. "It was a defensive fire. We could not have made a rescue.
Neighbor Bob Walker said the fire was out of control in only a few minutes. The children, 11, 8, and 5, were home alone for only a short time, Krusi said. Their parents were both working.
"One works a graveyard shift, one works a day shift, and there's a period of time of approximately a half hour or 45 minutes which there's not a parent in the house," the police chief said.
Clearfield fire officials declared the mobile home destroyed. The Wilson family was said to be staying with relatives. The Utah Red Cross said Friday that it would mobilize a team to provide support to help the family as they struggled with the little girl's death.
"As you can imagine it's a very difficult time of year," said Laina Roundy with the Red Cross. "Anytime of year is difficult to lose a young child, especially now. But they're struggling. It's a hard thing."
At the mobile home park, neighbors were saddened by Harleigh's death. Walker said he had not met the family, but would often see the children playing outside. He last saw them hanging up Christmas decorations outside the family's home.
"Just a cute little girl," he said of Harleigh. "She didn't deserve this. It's a sad situation all around."
A fund was established to help the family, relatives said late Friday night. Donations could be made at Wells Fargo Bank in the name of Harleigh Wilson.
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