KETTERING, Ohio -- Four people were killed early Thursday morning in a fire that ripped through and destroyed a home in Kettering.
The four victims have been identified as Forrest Carroll, 76, Alicia Carroll-Mobley, 36, Shaun Mobley, 4, and Jacob Mobley, 2.
Three other occupants of the Craig Drive home escaped the blaze, which damaged two neighboring homes. Officials said the survivors are one adult and two children, according to WHIO in Dayton, Ohio.
Neighbors told WHIO a family of seven lived in the home, including four children, two parents and a grandfather.
A State Fire Marshal spokesman Michael Duchesne said one of the three people who escaped was injured but the extent of those injuries is unknown.
Emergency crews received a call at about 3:50 a.m. indicating the home in 1900 block of Craig Drive was fully engulfed in fire.
When police first arrived on scene a man was outside the home. The responding officer attempted to save the man, but the intense heat prevented the officer from making it to the victim, Kettering Police Lt. Craig Moore said.
The victim was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police told reporters at the scene they believe the man initially escaped the home unharmed but went back into the burning structure.
The officer who attempted to save the man suffered minor injuries, Moore said. The officer drove to the hospital for treatment of the heat related injuries.
The bodies of three others were removed from the building when crews entered the home at 10 a.m.
Moore said first-responding firefighters attempted to make entry into the residence but intense fire prevented fire crews from being able to enter the home, WHIO reported.
The home was destroyed by the fire. Most of the structure collapsed into the basement.
Two neighboring homes were also damaged by the blaze.
WHIO reports that a home to the south also caught fire and suffered extensive damage, while the home to the north was damaged by heat from the flames.
A cause of the fire has not been determined.
“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.”
WCPO will update this story as additional information becomes available.
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