Child, Mother Killed in Mobile Home Fire

By Frank Heinz and Julie Tam
|  Friday, May 7, 2010  |  Updated 6:11 PM CDT
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A 3-year-old child and his nanny were killed in a mobile home fire early Friday morning.

A 3-year-old child and his nanny were killed in a mobile home fire early Friday morning.

A 3-year-old child and his mother were killed in a mobile home fire Friday morning.

Officials said just before 11:45 a.m. someone called 911 to report a fire in a mobile home park on the 7800 block of Jacksboro Highway in Lake Worth.

Firefighters arrived and discovered a woman's body inside the home. After extinguishing the fire, investigators began searching for her 3-year-old son, who was believed to be at the home at the time of the fire. His remains were found inside the home a few hours later.

The homeowner was in his bedroom when the fire began and escaped through the back of the home. He went back inside through the front door and tried unsuccessfully to save the woman and her son.

The homeowner was injured and transported to an area hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

Investigators said the woman was the homeowner's live-in nanny. The woman and her son died in their bedroom, investigators said.

The homeowner's two children were not at home at the time of the fire.

"(I'm) just wondering how I'm going to tell my grandkids that their dad's in the hospital and they have no home except grandma's again," said Delynn Hoover, the homeowner's former mother-in-law. "I've been thanking God all day since I got the call. I mean, it's sad that we've lost a child and his mother, but I do thank God my grandkids weren't there."

Fire investigators said the blaze likely started on or near the couch in the living room. Investigators said they don't suspect foul play and said the fire probably started by accident.

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