Couple Dies In Hernando House Fire

HERNANDO, MISS (localmemphis.com) - Update: Just into the Localmemphis.com, We have learned that Sharon Jones passed away just before 9 pm Monday night. We had talked to her family at 8:30 pm and they told Localmephis.com,  "Jones was breathing on her own. "

 

A Hernando, Mississippi man is dead, and his wife is clinging to life after they were severely burned when their house caught fire.

It happened just before 1 AM Sunday in the 4700 block of Bright Road off Getwell in Hernando.

Investigators say it was an accident that the fire in the fireplace got out of control.

Sharon Jones was taken off life support earlier today and has been breathing on her own.

Her husband, Steve, died from his injuries around one o'clock this morning.

The family is devastated and heartbroken.

Janice Snow said her brother lost his life trying to save Sharon's. 

Snow said, "Steve got out. Didn't find Sharon. He went back in to pull his wife out. They'd been married 37 years."

Snow is in disbelief of what's left of her brother's house. Only a charred stone chimney remains.

Snow said, "We were thinking maybe he stoked up the fire and it was like a lot and maybe rolled out and they went to bed."

Early Sunday morning, Neighbors were awakened by screams ...and saw heavy smoke and flames coming from Steve and Sharon Jones' home.

"The first thing I heard was someone saying help! Very faint, but I could hear it. I know my neighbor was the first one there. He covered them with blankets," said neighbor Heather Farmer.

The couple was found outside their home severely burned.

Neighbor Shelly Culp heard the commotion. She said, "We heard the life flight helicopters flying over our house."

"They took them into the Med, and they didn't know who they were. They were burned victim 1 and burned victim 2," said Snow.

Family members describe Steve and Sharon as a loving couple who adored their grandkids.

"He loved little children, and he loved dogs. Sharon was quiet. She was really devoted to her grandchildren," said Snow.

Neighbors see this tragic accident as a wake-up call for *their* families.

They say they plan to put a fire escape plan together with their  families in case something like this were to happen to them. 


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