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Fire fatally injures 2-year-old, destroys mobile home in Howell

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The remains of a mobile home in Howell following an early morning fire.  (Credit: Fox 2 News) The remains of a mobile home in Howell following an early morning fire. (Credit: Fox 2 News)

By Maurielle Lue
Fox 2 News Reporter


LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mich. (WJBK) -- "I could hear screaming, 'My baby's burning,'" said Elise Roerink.

She could only describe what happened early Tuesday morning as horrifying.  Her neighbor's home was burning.  A mother, father and two young girls were screaming for help.

"I yelled for them to come over here and found them some shoes and some coats," Roerink said.  "Mom said, 'Take her, take her.'  She was so hysterical I don't think she knew what was going on, and I just said, 'I can't.  I don't want to hurt her.'"

A precious two-year-old girl nearly burned alive was rushed to an Ann Arbor hospital in critical condition.  Sadly, we've learned that toddler has died.

Roerink took the family in while other neighbors called for help and gave Howell firefighters information.

When crews arrived, the entire home was engulfed in flames.  The fire was so hot firefighters fell through the floor.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the blaze started in the bedroom where the mother was sleeping with her two daughters, and though it's a personal tragedy for this family, there's a lesson here for everyone.

"She woke up due to the heat and smoke inside the bedroom, so I think if we had working smoke alarms in the mobile home, this tragedy could've been diverted, maybe not the fire, but the injuries," said Less Rodell from the Howell Area Fire Department.

Fox 2 News staff contributed to this report.

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