JASPER, TX (KTRE) - A Jasper woman and her infant son died in a mobile home fire in Jasper Tuesday night.
Jasper Police Chief Robert Macdonald said the fire start shortly after 9 p.m. at 509 Sylvester Street. Albert James Hadnot Sr. managed to make it out of the house within seconds and flagged down neighbors.
Stephen Wood lives down the street and was asked by Hadnot Sr. for help.
He just kept saying please get my baby out, please get my baby out
,” Wood said. “
So as we went to the back of the trailer we started tearing the tin off
. Then we heard someone
say the propane tank is about to explode so we jump out the back."
Trapped inside was 9-month-old Albert Hadnot Jr. and his 36-year-old mother Shanita Preston.
He said when firefighters arrived on the scene they found Preston and Hadnot Jr. in the back of the mobile home.
Jasper Fire Marshal Mike Collier said the fire was pretty bad.
"The flames from this mobile home spread to the lot next door," Collier said. "Luckily the
neighbor was not home.”
Cynthia Hadnot is related to the victims and said she is in shock.
"The baby was just with me before the fire,” Cynthia Hadnot said.
Family and friends said they can't believe this happened and want answers. Wednesday morning, Collier and state fire marshals spent the day inspecting the scene.
“We were looking for signs of
arson, wires,” Collier said. “ I had a k9 come in today looking for accelerant."
Hadnot Sr. was air lifted to a hospital in Galveston for severe burns. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.