Deadly Mobile Home Fire in Summerfield
A mobile home went up in flames early this morning, killing one person inside.
Minutes before 5 a.m., Marianne Lopez sayid she woke up and just saw "orange" outside her window.
That's when she knew something was terribly wrong.
She ran outside and saw her brother James Coons mobile home blazing.
Lopez immediately called 911.
"The call came in that there was a man trapped inside," said Jessica Greene who is Marion County Fire Rescue Public Information Officer.
Lopez said she went banging on her brothers bedroom window to wake him up. Coons did wake up, but was trapped inside.
Two minutes after the call came in, firefighters arrived at the Summerfield home located on Southeast 135th street.
"They immediately entered the structure and started searching for the man. They found him, they rescued him. They immediately took him outside the building and transported him to the ambulance where he was pronounced dead later," said Greene.
Coons was 34 years old and his sister said people would call him "Jimmy."
He had lived next door to his sister for the past ten years.
Jean Sing who lives nearby said she's shocked to hear that her neighbor was killed in a fire.
"It's very very sad to hear to hear that so early morning," said Sing.
"A few times I went over there to his sisters. I met him, we spoke. He was a very good person," said Sing.
Coons leaves behind two sisters and a mother and father. All whom live in Marion County.
Some of Coons relatives were at the home on Monday, but did not want to speak on camera.
The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.
"As of right now investigators are saying that they don't believe, that they don't have reason to believe it's suspicious at this time," said Greene.
Greene said at this time investigators found no evidence that there were smoke alarms in the home.
Families who have working smoke alarms are more than 70 percent more likely to escape a fire unharmed.
Marion County fire rescue actually has a program called "Get Alarmed," which will provide a homeowner with one dual smoke alarm for free if you cannot afford to purchase one.
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