x

Society

Camper Fire Kills 2 Georgia Children

February 10, 2017

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — After their mobile home burned last year, the best Michael Reeves and Chassity Carter could do was to park a camper trailer on the same lot and make it their new home.

Now hardship has become sheer tragedy for Reeves and Carter. Less than a year after their mobile home burned, another fire Feb. 8 ravaged the camper trailer the family had been living in, killing two of their children — 3-year-old Blayden Wade Reeves and his 4-month-old sister, Tallie Ann Carter. Chassity Carter and 2-year-old Brighton Michael Reeves were hospitalized in critical condition.

After searching the camper’s charred remains Feb. 9, investigators determined the deadly blaze likely stated as an accidental cooking fire.

“There was a pot of noodles left on a hot plate on a countertop that was the cause of the fire,” Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering told reporters at a news conference.

Neighbors knew the young couple had a hard time making ends meet, said Danny O’Neal, who lives around the corner. So they would give Reeves and Carter food as well as bags of donated clothing for their three young children.

O’Neal said he would offer Reeves scrap metal he could sell for cash and gave him a mattress for the camper.

“They have been struggling and struggling,” O’Neal said from his front porch just outside the port city of Brunswick, about 70 miles south of Savannah. He could hardly talk about the day before, when he ran outside to the sound of his neighbors screaming for their children.

A police officer dispatched to the scene, Eric Koenig, filed a report saying he found Michael Reeves “screaming and rolling around” in the street outside the burning camper where he lived. Chassity Carter was in a roadside ditch with burns on her arms and legs, the report said.

O’Neal said he could hear the couple outside wailing. “I heard the worst screams you could ever hear between him and her, about their children being inside,” he said.

Neighbors reported hearing explosions during the fire and it’s possible flames detonated some items inside the camper, Glynn County Fire Chief Randy Jordan said.

“That could be easily aerosol cans that make a loud noise and increase the fireball,” Jordan said.

Doering said police were initially suspicious because the family’s mobile home had been badly damaged by a fire last May. But he said there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the fire at the camper.

“It was a travel trailer, which is unusual for a family to be living in,” Doering said. “It’s not designed for that, especially for a family of five.”

(RUSS BYNUM)

RELATED

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill that would make it a crime to possess two abortion-inducing drugs without a prescription, a move that doctors fear could prevent them from adequately treating their patients in a timely manner.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Tornado Kills Multiple People in Iowa as Powerful Storms Again Tear Through Midwest

GREENFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Multiple people were killed when a tornado tore through a small town in Iowa and left a wide swath of obliterated homes and crumpled cars, while the howling winds also twisted and toppled wind turbines.

LOS ANGELES – ‘Mary, Marianna, Maria – The Unsung Greek Years of Callas’, directed by Michalis Ashenidis and Vasilis Louras, makes its U.

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture and Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral present ‘A Taste of Cyprus,’ lecture and food tasting with Christina Loucas, author, recipe developer, and food photographer on Wednesday, June 12, cocktails, 6:15 PM, and lecture and dinner, 7 PM, at the Huffington Center at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1324 S.

HALKIDIKI – Professionals and amateur golfers from Europe, the ideal weather, the impressive golf course of Porto Carras, and the excellent facilities of Porto Carras Grand Resort, created a unique setting for the international golf tournament Porto Carras Pro-Am Aegean Mini Tour, held from May 14-18, on the peninsula of Sithonia in Halkidiki.

ATHENS - The Minister of the Interior, Niki Kerameus, highlighted the postal vote for the upcoming European elections and the cooperation with local and regional governments at the thematic conference of the Union of Regions of Greece, "The Regions Facing the Challenges: Institutional Armoring - Rural Development," in Patras.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.