3 children, grandmother die in house fire

JACKSONVILLE, FL (FirstCoastNews.com) -- Four people are dead including three children after a house fire tore through a Northside mobile home Tuesday.

An infant, a 2-year-old, a 4-year-old and the grandmother of the children are among the deceased.

According to JSO, a 6-year-old girl named Hattie was the only survivor. She is now receiving treatment at Wolfson Children's Hospital. 13-year-old Robert Pritchard witnessed the fire and was able to pull Hattie to safety.

JSO does not suspect foul play in the fire and the cause is still under investigation.

The fire began around 6 p.m. in the 12700 block of Palmetto Street near Oceanway Middle School.

Jason Deraway lives in the neighborhood and witnessed the fire. He rushed to the home to try and help. He could hear the screams of people trapped inside, but the fire was to hot and large for him to enter the home, Deraway told First Coast News.

According to JSO, the children's grandparents were watching the kids because their parents, Richard and Jennifer Fowler, are currently incarcerated.

Richard, 54, was arrested Saturday on three charges including child neglect. Jennifer was in jail on charges of disorderly intoxication and criminal mischief.

John Harrell with Florida Department of Children and Families said the agency had recently investigated the parents but the investigation was closed and reopened after Richard's arrest on Saturday.

DCF will determine the best place for Hattie when she is released from the hospital, Harrell said.


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