Mother dies in mobile home fire in Porter, 10-year-old boy escapes

September 23, 2011 9:43:15 AM PDT
A mother is dead after a fire in her mobile home in Montgomery County. It appears a pre-existing medical condition prevented the woman from escaping the flames. The victim's 10-year-old son was able to escape the fire which broke out overnight at their home in Porter.

A family of three lived in the mobile home on Yancy near Loop 494. Kimberly and Tony Jones lived there with their 10-year-old son Zachary. Tony, a long-haul truck driver, was gone when the fire broke out, but Kimberly and Zachary were in the home. Investigators found a wheelchair inside the home, and they believe that's an indicator to why Zachary was able to escape the flames, but 40-year-old Kimberly was not.

The walls of the mobile home disappeared quickly when the blaze broke out around 3am.

"I came running out and I was like oh my God, it was just flames, like, our windows were orange," recalled neighbor Kristen Delvert. "That's all we could see was flames."

Fire investigators say Kimberly Ann Jones' health problems may have made it too difficult for her to escape the early morning flames coming from the living room. Flames her son Zachary barely escaped himself. Investigators tell us he had his mother's hand, but had to get out on his own to survive.

James and Flora Juarez have a home across the street, and have known the family for years.

James said, "She would call Flora for prayer, or for moral support."

Adding to the heartbreak, Zachary's father Tony was far away in Montana, a truck driver on the road, when he got the news.

"He's got to earn a living to take care of his family," James said. "So right now I just feel for Tony. I know he's on the road, trying to drive a truck home, which I just can't imagine."

Zachary is with his grandparents, as he waits for his dad, and everyone waits to find out exactly what happened.

"I'm going to miss her," Flora said.

Fire investigators spent hours at the scene. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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