Infant dies in house fire in Kenefic

Matt Swearengin Managing Editor mswearengin@civitasmedia.com

September 24, 2013

An infant died in a mobile home fire at a Kenefic residence early Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Area firefighters were dispatched to the house, located on Highway 22 near the Community Center, at 12:09 p.m., and according to a dispatch log, a caller said there was a baby in the front bedroom.

Authorities said the victim was an 18-month-old boy.

Sam Schafnitt, operations chief for the Oklahoma State Fire Marshals Office, said there has not been positive identification made of the infant and that no names are being released. He said two people were treated for smoke inhalation.

According to Schafnitt, the woman who lived at the home went for help to her father’s residence that was across the alleyway. The woman and her father were not able to rescue the infant and both ended up being taken to the hospital to be examined for smoke inhalation. He said their injuries were not serious.

“As far as the cause of the fire, it is under investigation,” Schafnitt said. “Hopefully, it (the investigation) will wind up today.”

Durant Fire Chief Roger Joines said at the scene that the double-wide mobile home was fully engulfed when DFD arrived. Caddo firefighters were first on the scene. Joines said investigators think the fire started in the infant’s bedroom.