Elderly Couple Killed in Putnam Hall Fire
Published February 3rd, 2014
A couple lost in a fire over the weekend almost made it out alive.
State Fire Marshals say their preliminary findings are that a fire in Putnam Hall is not suspicious in nature.
Family members are in shock over where the bodies were found.
Family members told us that John and Gussie Flowers had almost made it out of their home-- they were found at the door trying to escape the flames.
Their sudden deaths have left their families and their community in disbelief.
"She was just an all-around person. That's one thing I can say and I loved her very much," said Gussie Flowers' sister Jenie Hayes.
Jenie Hayes is reeling from the sudden death of her 80-year-old sister Gussie Flowers and her 84-year-old husband John Flowers.
She says they were a close couple, known well by everyone in the Putnam Hall community.
"They were like Bonnie and Clyde without the crime. You seen one, you seen the other one," said Hayes.
Both were killed when a fire ignited in their moblie home early Saturday morning.
Clothes, collections of books and hand written notes and check books still lingered at the scene.
Family members say they were told by first responders that they found both of their bodies by the front door.
"They were trying to get out. They just didn't make it. I hope the smoke killed them before the fire did," said Hayes.
"He liked to collect things and he was very protective of it," said neighbor and friend Shapierria Pinkston.
It's not known to whether John's "collection" thwarted their escape.
Neighbors who knew them for years say the fire hit home hard.
"Everyone is pretty much grieving and i think this is really changing the community since nothing like this has ever happened, so everyone is very sad and hurt by this," said Pinkston.
It's a pain that the family says will never really go away.
"We was close. I'm going to miss them and they were very nice people. And God got some good two people up in heaven where he at," said Hayes.
John Flowers is survived by his eight children and Gussie by her 11 brothers and sisters.
The medical examiner has not released their bodies yet but family members plan to have a memorial service for them February 15th.
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