Two killed in early morning fire

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

Family and friends are mourning the loss of a mother and son killed in an early morning fire.

It broke out around 1am Thursday morning at their home off Highway 80 in the Garrett community of Floyd County.

The next door neighbor says she could smell smoke, see some sparks, she tried to bang on the door but the smoke became too much for her and it was too late.

"I started coughing. I couldn't stop. Input my hand on the window. I could feel the heat from inside the house. All I could do was wait for the fire department, I felt helpless," says Martha Hothouse, who lives next door.

Hothouse says minutes felt like hours waiting for help to arrive, "It felt like an eternity, knowing Mrs. Case was in there and there was nothing I could do."

"Two people passed on. A woman passed on in the bedroom and the gentleman at the front door," says David Broderick, Deputy State Fire Marshall.

Those two people were 87-year-old, Jewel Case and her 63-year-old son, Jimmy.

"They were just wonderful people. If we were cooking and we needed an onion, I could borrow it for them. Or they needed it they could borrow it from me," says Hothouse.

While Jimmy didn't make it out, his prosthetic leg is all that remains.

A friend for 35 years, and a fellow veteran, Carl Scott was shocked to learn the news about Jimmy, a disabled vet, "He was in the army, I was in the marines but we have that bond being in the military and everything."

With Veterans Day tomorrow, Scott says his friend Jimmy and his mother will be in his thoughts and his prayers, "Well when you lose a friend, you really don't know how it is going to impact your life. As time goes on, we will all miss him."

Neighbors tell us the Jewel and Jimmy Case were both smokers and fire investigators are not ruling out the possibility of cigarettes playing a role.

Fire investigators say it is too early to determine what actually happened in this deadly fire.

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