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Lawton mobile home goes up in flames - with pets still inside

Lawton_A mobile home with family pets still trapped inside went up in flames in Lawton on Tuesday afternoon.  Firefighters and police rushed to the Mobile Village on Southwest ‘J' Avenue at about 1 p.m. where they found the trailer home destroyed.  Although the family was not inside the structure at the time - the pets were.

Daniel Dionne and his wife, Jeanne, had just finished taking his son to the emergency room for an abscessed tooth when his father called to tell him that the family home was on fire.  Two cats and the family dog, Honey, were able to escape the flames, but a pregnant cat didn't make it out.  Firefighters were able to rescue Honey, and may have saved her life by performing CPR on the dog.  The trailer is a total loss, and the family members who had been living there now are trying to put their lives back together. 

The outside of the trailer doesn't appear to be horribly damaged, but the heat was so intense that the metal on the underside started to melt, and every possession on the inside was destroyed.  "We'll figure something out - take it one day at a time," they said.  "You got your children - that's all that matters."  At first, Dionne says he didn't believe his father when he called to tell him his home was on fire.  He says his dad always jokes around with him.  "My dad called me and said, ‘Is all your kids with you?' and I said, ‘Yeah.'  He said, ‘Your house is on fire.'  I said, ‘Quit playing.'"

Unfortunately, Dionne's father was not joking, and the family returned to find their trailer engulfed in flames.  Lawton fire officials say they believe the fire started in the kitchen.  "We suspect it started in the kitchen on the stovetop," said Assistant Fire Chief Juan Rodriguez. 

The Dionne's say they are now taking life one step at a time, but it's hard.  Some local Baptist churches are stepping in to help the family with clothing and food, and the couple's parents are helping them with a place to live.

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