Five children, including four girls and a boy, and one adult died in a trailer fire at Highland Park Estates Mobile Home Park, 686 S. Sandusky St., Sunday morning.
The victims in the fire were identified as Timothy Fresch, 25; Tiara Angel, 6; Stormie Huey, 5; Trinitie Huey, 4; Sunshine Huey, 3; and Domonic Fresch, 1.
Tiffin Police Chief Fred Stevens said a girlfriend and boyfriend lived in the residence at lot 128, and the woman was at work when the fire started.
PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
Smoke pours from the trailer at Highland Park Estates Mobile Home Park Sunday morning.
PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
Chief Harry Miller of Bascom Joint Fire District looks into a door of the trailer Sunday morning.
"She rode her bike here," he said.
A passerby saw smoke, broke out the door and heard children screaming. He reached in but could not get the door unlocked, Stevens said.
"He couldn't reach (them)," he said.
How to help
First Call for Help's program coordinator has been in contact with Burger King and Red Cross. The agency will facilitate the phone calls for anyone who would like to provide donations or help the family. Call First Call For Help at (419) 448-4357.
Taylor Elchert Photography is auctioning off a full Christmas session to help Anna Angel with funeral costs.
~Inspirations~ is donating proceeds from two angel bracelet styles to the family's fund for funeral and burial expenses.
Timothy Fresch's family and friends are uniting to raise money to offset funeral and burial costs and have a fund at www.giveforward.com.
Dollar General in Attica is collecting monetary donations for the family.
A wooden semi bank made by Tom Ferstler is being auctioned with funds going to Anna Angel and the Fresch family to help with funerals or other expenses.
For more information about these fundraisers, visit The Advertiser-Tribune's Facebook page.
Personnel from Bascom EMS, Bascom Joint Fire District, the county's Echo unit, New Riegel EMS, Red Cross, Seneca Community Chaplain Corps, Seneca County Sheriff's Office, Tiffin Fire Rescue Division and Tiffin Police Department were contacted. The Seneca County coroner, the state fire marshal's office, Tiffin Fire Rescue Division's fire investigators and all of Tiffin Police Department's detectives also were summoned.
"It was fully engulfed (when rescue personnel arrived)," Stevens said.
Tiffin Fire Chief Bill Ennis said when firefighters arrived, there was more fire in the front of the trailer than in the back.
Initially, crews were told there were four children and one adult in the trailer. A second crew went in the back as soon as rescuers were told people were in the building. The man and one of the children were located in the front of the trailer.
Bascom EMS and Tiffin EMS transported victims to Mercy Tiffin Hospital, and two helicopters were summoned. All six were pronounced dead at the hospital, according to a release from Tiffin Police Department.
Ennis said the coroner will determine cause of death, and the cause of the fire remained under investigation Sunday evening.
Two firefighters fell through the floor, which was burnt out in spots. Ennis said they were not taken to a hospital.
In a separate incident, a man was arrested at the trailer the night before it burned.
Lt. Jason Windsor of Tiffin Police Department said Cheyenne K. Sauers, 21, of Tiffin, was arrested on a warrant just after 10 p.m. Saturday. His warrant was for charges filed Sept. 3 of receiving stolen property and theft, and he was held on $10,000 cash bond with 10 percent allowed, according to the police department.
Windsor said Sauers did not live at the trailer but was visiting its residents. Sauers' girlfriend was arrested on Ella Street.
Seaira R. Vargas, 23, of Tiffin, was charged with disorderly conduct and was taken to Seneca County Jail, according to the police department.
The arrests were not connected to the fire, Windsor said.