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"I watched the babies get dragged out," Hummell said. "It just made me sick."
Hummell said he often saw the children outside and would give them money for ice cream. The woman would often load up the trailer with the children and ride through the mobile home park, he said.
"She was always good to her kids," Hummell said.
Cheryl L. Opp, who lives nearby, said it was a serene Sunday morning she went to walk the dogs about a half hour before she heard them barking and looked out window to see the mobile home on fire.
She said the kids always seemed to be happy and she saw them outside often.
"This takes my heart away," Opp said.
Louis Keller, lived across the road from the home that burned. "They would come over and play with my dogs," he said, as a strong smell of smoke blew across his yard.
Harry Miller, chief of the Bascom Joint Fire District outside Tiffin, said about 30 members of his volunteer department assisted Tiffin firefighters.
Miller noted that fires involving children are among the most difficult for firefighters to handle, especially for those new to the job.
"We had some new EMTs on the scene as well, and it's very tough on everyone when it involves kids," Miller said. "It hits home because we all have kids."