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5 dead in Thanksgiving fire that ravaged Ohio mobile homes

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Five people were found dead after a fire tore through neighboring mobile homes on Thanksgiving Day in Ohio, officials said.

The fire was reported shortly before 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Athens County. First responders were told people were possibly trapped in two residences as flames consumed the structures and at least one roof collapsed, Richland Area Fire Chief Dale said Sinclair.

The bodies of five people were discovered after the flames were extinguished, Ohio Department of Commerce spokesman Brandon Klein said. Their identities, cause of death and whether they knew each other were not available.

One person managed to escape the fire and was injured, Klein said. The person, who was not identified, was taken to hospital, he said. Their condition was not available.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Athens County Sheriff’s Office and the coroner’s office are investigating the cause of the fire, Klein said.

He said via email Saturday evening that more information about the fire would likely be released Monday.

The Athens County coroner did not immediately respond to a request for additional information, including the identity of the victims.

Fire departments from several communities, including Albany and York Township, responded to the fire, authorities said.

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