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Deadly Mobile Home Fire
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP/CBS2/FOX28) -- Authorities say two people have died in a mobile home fire in Waterloo.
Capt. Ryan Mahood of the Waterloo Fire Rescue says the fire on the city's south side was reported Monday afternoon.
Jodi Bradley's afternoon started out innocently enough - she spent it picking flowers for a friend. That's when the scary scene unfolded before her eyes.
"It's just been a horrible day today," Bradley said.
First responders were called out to the mobile home on the 5800 block of Diamond drive around 2:30.
When they arrived, they faced wall to wall flames, one female victim trapped inside, and a male burning alive on the front porch.
"Where he laid, the fire was so intense it was actually coming out the front door, so he was kinda in the path of the fire," Waterloo Battalion Chief Mike Moore said.
Bradley says the scene was enough to give her nightmares. "He laid there the whole time, they couldn't get him out...they were trying to pull him out....our neighbor was trying to pull him out," Bradley said.
"His legs were sticking out on the porch, no one could do anything."
The scene caught the attention of Linda Morgan.
"I was driving a different route coming back from Washburn, and we saw the smoke so we pulled over," Morgan said.
As a bus driver in the neighborhood for years, her concern immediately turned to the the children she used to be responsible for.
"I just praise god my kids are OK," Morgan said.
"They weren't close, they were two or three trailers away."
Bradley is also relieved, thinking it was her daughters home on fire.
However, the images she saw today won't soon go away. "I'm relieved but I'm still sad," Bradley said. "I've been crying all day over this...it's sad...I don't know what happened."
Police are still looking into a cause for the fire.
Chief Moore say the fire may have burned faster because of an accelerant inside the home. He says the investigation may take some time.
The two people killed were residents of the mobile home.
Witnesses say at least one neighbor tried to rescue one of the victims, but the flames and heat were too intense.
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