VALE, Ore. -- Tragically, a mobile home fire has taken the life of a one-year-old boy in Vale, Ore.
Two more children were taken to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario for treatment of smoke inhalation.
The flames sparked around 11 p.m. Monday at the Treasure Valley Mobile Home Park at 1000 Hope Street in Vale.
Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe says a family of six was living in the mobile home when the fire started.
Wolfe says the two adults were able to escape the fire with two of their children. He says a neighbor rescued another child and also tried to rescue the toddler.
“He finds one of the children in the front of the house, is able to rescue that child, get him out. And then he is told there is another one in the back,” explained Wolfe.
Wolfe says the flames and smoke were too strong, and prevented the neighbor from rescuing the toddler.
“About that time the Vale Fire Department arrived," said Wolfe. "They were able to get to the child. Unfortunately it was too late.”
Firefighters put the flames out, but weren't able to save the little boy. The trailer is a total loss.
A state fire marshal and an arson investigator along with a string of Malheur County detectives are still trying to determine what caused the fire.
“When you have a fatality, and you are digging through it, so meticulously, to make sure nothing is lost or looked over,” said Wolfe.
The American Red Cross is helping out the family with money for food, clothing, and jackets, as well as mental health counseling. They will be staying with relatives.