House fire kills father and son in Mayes County

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Updated: 8/17/2011 6:40 pm Published: 8/17/2011 2:41 pm

A Mayes County family is mourning the death of a father and son. Early this morning their mobile home caught fire trapping the two inside. It happened on a county road about a mile north of Highway 28 outside Adair. The Reed family's trailer is a total loss. The mother, Darla Reed, was working an overnight shift in Pryor when the flames went up. She got a phone call at 3:00 a.m. telling her her husband and youngest son were dead.

Darla Reed is carrying the only thing out of her family's burned down home that's left untouched by this morning's deadly flames, her dead son's bicycle.

"My dad tried everything to get my little brother out," says Reed's son-in law, Timothy Reed Jr.

Timothy Reed, Jr. and his finance, live next door; they did all they could last night to save their family.

"That was everything, family is everything, I lost my dad, I lost my brother," says Reed.

At 1:00 Wednesday morning, Reed's neighbor woke him up.

"He said your dad's house is on fire," says Reed. I could see the glow of the house over the barn. I pushed his air conditioner out and I started screaming for dad and Skyler."

This was the end of of Summer break for eight-year-old Skyler Adam Reed.

"This was his last day of freedom he starts school tomorrow," says his brother Reed. "He was rambunctious," says Reed's fiance, Janet Crossland. "He was full of energy."

Friends and neighbors tell me, Timothy's father is a well-known mechanic in Mayes County.

"My dad was a hard working man, he worked his hands to the bone, he would help anybody in need," describes Reed.

"All I can say is don't ever take your family for granted because you are never promised tomorrow," says Crossland. "None of us are."

The fire marshal determined the destroyed trailer home did not have a smoke detector in it. He says, if had, it might have saved the father and son's lives. The cause is still under investigation but the fire marshal says it may have been electrical and started near an air conditioner. The family does not have insurance coverage. If you want to help, they have set up a fund at the

IBC bank in Claremore, it's under the Reed family.

Earlier Story

ADAIR, Okla. (AP) — Mayes County authorities say a 53-year-old man and his 8-year-old son have died in a fire that destroyed their mobile home near Adair.

County Emergency Management Director Johnny Janzen says the bodies were found about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The names of the two were not immediately released. The bodies were sent to the state medical examiner's office in Tulsa for positive identification and to determine the cause of death.

State Fire Marshal's spokeswoman Joanne Sellers says the cause of the fire has not been determined. She says there were no working smoke detectors in the home.

Janzen says the man's wife and mother of the boy was at work at the time of the fire.


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tiredbeingsad - 3/27/2012 4:15 PM
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Very sad :( Prayers for this family and their loss. I cannot imagine what they must be going through.
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