Family of Tulsa man killed in fire shares memories

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 2/18 5:23 am Published: 2/17 4:37 pm

A Tulsa family is heartbroken after its loved one died in a house fire Monday morning.

The fire started near Pine and North Yale around 4 a.m.

Jerry Williams' sister talked to FOX23.

She said he probably tried to get out of the burning home, but she thinks the flames just came too quickly.

It took firefighters about 10 minutes to put the fire out, but when they got there, the mobile home was already taken over by flames.

“I believe if he could've, he would've gotten out, it sounds like it most likely took him by surprise,” said his sister, Jannie Ellison.

It also surprised neighbor Gemini Black.

“This home was his baby and he was such a shy person he didn't reveal much about himself to me but he lit up when he was talking about his home,” said Black.

She said Jerry Williams remodeled the inside of the mobile home with the help of his sister.

“It was his pride and joy and that makes the tragedy that much worse,” said Black.

But now she'll try to focus on happier memories of him.

“He would bend over backwards to help somebody if they were down and out he was just a really, really generous person,” said Black.

He didn't have children of his own, but his sister Jannie Ellison said he was a caring role model.

“Wonderful Christian man, hardworking, he attended church with us and was a loving uncle to my children,” she said.

And the family is choosing to focus on the brighter side.

“The sun is going to shine, it's shining now, it’s going to shine tomorrow and like I said my brother had a strong faith in God and we believe that he is in heaven so his problems are over,” she said.

FOX23 is working to confirm the identity of the man who escaped the fire. The man is in his mid-20s and witnesses said he suffered burns to his hands, feet and face.

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