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UPDATE: coroner identifies two victims in Jeffersonville mobile home fire

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Clark County officials have identified two of the three people killed in a mobile home fire in Jeffersonville.

The Clark County Coroner confirms 45-year-old Victor Wendt and 55-year-old Debra Ramsey died of smoke inhalation. They lived in the mobile home.

Police say a third victim was taken to University Hospital in Louisville and died Wednesday afternoon. That victim's name has not been released.

Firefighters got the call around 6:20 a.m. from neighbors at the Sherwood Trailer Park who said they saw flames coming from every window and called for help. When fire crews arrived, the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames. It took 21 firefighters about 10 minutes to gain control of the fire. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

"We're currently conducting an investigation working with the fire department to determine the cause of the fire as well as the cause of death," said Jeffersonville Police detective Sgt. Isaac Parker. 

Neighbors described a frantic scene. 

"I heard voices," said Charles Brown. "They were hollering 'get out!'"

Brown says his house and another trailer were also damaged from the intense flames.

"Then I looked out the window and I could see the trailer reflecting the fire, then I went out the back door and it was really bad," Brown said. 

Emily Stepp lives across the street.

"My immediate instinct was grab my camera and photograph it," Stepp said. "For awhile, we were shooting out the window. We went outside and I was watching with my mom."

Stepp captured a picture of the massive flames after the fire department already arrived.

"It just makes me feel, honestly, really bad and if I can do anything I would," Stepp said. "There is a survivor and their life is possibly destroyed by it and makes me feel really bad."

Investigators confirm all three victims are adults.

The Fire Department had a report of a service dog in the fire, but says no dog was found. The Fire Department says it's possible the dog was unrecognizable because of the heavy fire damage.

Authorities are trying to figure out if the fire was an accident or arson.

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