Kettering man who lost wife, two sons in house fire: 'Tell your kids you love them'

KETTERING, Ohio – Days after suffering an unimaginable loss Shaun Mobley has one lesson to share from his pain.

"Tell your kids you love them and make sure that they really understand and know that you love them," he told Dayton television station WHIO in an exclusive interview on Sunday.

Mobley lost his wife, two sons and father-in-law when  his family’s home caught fire overnight on Thursday, Dec. 12. Mobley and his wife were to celebrate 11 years of marriage on that day.

Alicia Mobley, 36; Jacob Mobley, 2; Shaun Mobley Jr., 4; and Forrest Carrol, 76 perished, WHIO reports.

Mobley managed to escape the blaze with his two daughters.

"My wife showed me every day, my wife showed her kids every day that she loved them," Mobley told the Dayton, Ohio station. "Just look at them right now, give them a hug, give them a kiss, hold them tight and tell them you love them because you don't know when's the last time you're going to say that."

Mobley went on to describe to WHIO the scene inside his home when it caught fire at about 3:45 a.m.

"The next thing I know, [Alicia] wakes me up and she said honey something's on fire."

The last time he saw his wife alive was when she went across the hall to get the two boys while he headed downstairs to get the girls.

"If I knew she wasn't behind me I wouldn't of came down the stairs," he recalled. "And the smoke, I couldn't see nothing, I kept on yelling for her."

Days after the tragedy Mobley was still stunned at the enormous, sudden loss he experienced.

“In five hours my life was gone, it was gone,” he said.

In response to the tragedy, the Kettering community has banded together to raise money and provide clothing and Christmas gifts for the three survivors.

The kindness of others has overwhelmed Mobley.

I appreciate everything everybody's done. I appreciate Indian Riffle School, I appreciate Kettering, I appreciate KMS, I appreciate people I don't even know," he said.

The cause of the house fire remains under investigation.

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