3 dead in mobile home fire in Prince William County

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TRIANGLE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Three people are dead after an early morning fire in Prince William County.

According to Chief Miles Young with the Prince William County Fire Department, the blaze broke out just before 3:25 a.m. Tuesday in a mobile home in the 18700 block of Fuller Heights Road. Once on scene firefighters found the mobile home fully engulfed in flames.

The deceased are believed to be adults who lived in the home, according to fire officials. The victims, including their genders and ages, is currently unknown, say police. Sources say the victims were a couple and their son.

WUSA 9's Delia Goncalves spoke to a neighbor in the close-knit mobile park. Earl Barbour says he is numb. He just drove away from his mobile park early Tuesday morning to begin a normal work day when he received a horrifying call.

"My mother called in the fire, and when she called me, she was crying. I came back home. This is what you get. If I only had left work ten minutes later, maybe could I have saved them. it's just awful," said Barbour.

A couple with two grown children lost their lives inside the fire, we were told.

"Oldest son is here. They're speaking with him now. He just found out that his mother got killed by watching the news," said Barbour.

Firefighters say the flames were so intense, the walls and roof of the mobile home collapsed, making it too dangerous to go inside. An official said that happens during trailer fires because the trailers are "put together with lightweight construction."

The home is a stone's throw from the Quantico Marine Corps base. Earl Barbour lives in one of the three trailers here. 

"My neighbors killed in a fire, people you see every day. It gets you. It really does," said Barbour.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire and deaths. The bodies of the victims will be transported to the Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

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