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2 people found dead in Clay County mobile home fire

When crews first arrived on scene, heavy smoke and flames made it impossible to do a search. When they got it under control, crews found two people dead in the home.

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. — Clay County Fire Rescue crews battled two mobile home fires in Middleburg overnight including one that left two people dead.

Shortly after 2:30 a.m., Clay County Fire Rescue tweeted that the first unit to arrive to a single-wide mobile home fire on Kristi Drive in Doctors Inlet found heavy smoke and fire that made it impossible to conduct a search. Firefighters suppressed the fire, and after an investigation, they found two people dead.

The State Fire Marshal is now investigating to determine the cause of that fire.

The second fire took place at a mobile home off Mandrake Street. Around 2:10 a.m., Clay County Fire Rescue tweeted that there were live power lines down at the scene when fire crews first arrived, and one patient was transported to the hospital with minor burn injuries.

As of 2:45 a.m., crews had the fire knocked down and power lines secured, the fire department said on its Twitter page.

Neighbor Roger Lessen lives near one of the mobile homes that were on fire.

“We got up and my wife say no that’s a fire and as we went by their place. We’re like oh my that’s a fire. We pulled in a driveway real quick and she started calling their names," said Lessen. 

That’s when Lessen called 911.

“We saw that the flame was moving toward the front of the home and as it was moving toward the front of the home I realized there was a propane tank in front of the home that they used to use to have for a hot water heater," said Lessen. 

Lessen says it was minutes after that crews arrived to put the fire out. 

“We’re going to definitely be praying for her son and stepsister and hope that they can get these issues taken care of," said Lessen. 

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