3 children, adult die in Baker County mobile home fire, officials say; 2 adults in critical condition

Baker County correctional officer one of those who survived but is in critical condition

BAKER COUNTY, Fla. – Three children and an adult are dead following a Wednesday morning mobile home fire in rural Baker County, according to officials.

According to the Baker County Sheriff’s Office, fire crews responded around 9 a.m. on O.C. Horne Road in the Taylor area and discovered multiple victims.

Two adults who were burned in the fire survived but were taken to a Gainesville hospital in critical condition. Two dogs also died in the fire.

Their identities are unknown at this time, but Baker County Sheriff Scott Rhoden did confirm one of the survivors is a Baker County correctional officer.

“We’re going to continue to keep him in our prayers along with all the other family members and all of the people involved in this fire,” Rhoden said.

The Baker County Fire Department, Jacksonville Fire Rescue, and MacClenny firefighters all worked together to put out the fire and managed to do so in a little over an hour.

One firefighter suffered from a minor injury and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Baker County Fire Chief Trevor Nelson said he is appreciative of the crews’ hard work.

“It was a group effort everybody worked together,” Nelson said. “When you have a major fire like this with this many people injured you need a lot of resources.”

The Florida Bureau of Fire Arson and Explosives is investigating the fire’s cause.

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