A man who died in a double fatal house fire over the weekend apparently went back into the home to try to save the woman with whom he lived, neighbors told News4, but neither made it out alive.
That woman, a retired nurse who had nine children and deep roots in the community, died the day before her 74th birthday.
Her daughter said the woman was confined to a wheelchair and couldn’t have evacuated the Langley Street home on her own.
“She was a family woman,” said Cheryl Johnson, who lives across the street and has known the family since the 1960s. “She took care of a lot of her family members, and they were all very close.”
By all accounts, the fire was too fast.
Ronnie Parker, who knocked on the door when he saw the flames, said a man went back in after everyone else but the woman got out of the house.
“He closed the door, and I got off the porch, and the porch flamed up,” Parker said.