ARKOMA (KFSM) -- According to the Arkoma Police Chief, three children were killed in an early morning mobile home fire Wednesday morning (Oct. 19).
Neighbors said it happened around 4 a.m. on Lowery Street.
"I saw the fire starting on the front porch of the trailer," said neighbor Rick Deguzman. "I immediately rushed upstairs and got my mother. We called 911 dispatch and they connected us to the Arkoma dispatcher, which then pushed out the call."
Family members said the children, 19-month-old Bentley Fields, 7-year-old Brianna Tanner and 11-year-old Braden Tanner, were all sleeping in the same room.
The state medical examiner and fire marshal were also at the scene. The bodies will be sent to the state medical examiner's office in Tulsa.
According to the fire department, the mother, AJ Turner, and a family friend were inside the home at the time of the fire.
Eddie Meteker who identified himself as Tanner's boyfriend said she is in the hospital and suffers from major smoke inhalation. He said he was at the mobile home when the fire started.
"It just went up so fast. We had a smoke detector and by the time we heard it it was too late," Meteker said. "The momma went in there trying to bust out the window so she could go in there with the babies and I pulled her back because we couldn't do nothing. She tried everything, to get in the door, trying to bust that window and we couldn't. It looked like it started in the front room or the kitchen."
Two of the children attended Spradling Elementary. Counselors were on hand during the day.
A GoFundMe account has been started to raise money for the family's medical and funeral expenses.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.