Update on fatal fire

By Layron Livingston - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Though two lives were taken in Wednesday morning's blaze, one person did escape. A son escaped from the fire to get help for his mother and 400-pound, paraplegic father, but the fire consumed the home too quickly, killing the couple. The bodies of Billy Joe Page and his wife, Charlotte Page, were later found in the bedroom of their home.

It all happened just off Old New Harmony Road in Smith County on County Road 1297. Fire officials say they responded to the home at around two in the morning.

As if the tragedy wasn't enough, Wednesday afternoon firefighters had to put out another, related fire nearby. It seems some floating embers sparked a very small brush fire, but firefighters were able to control it very quickly. Investigators said their small ceramic space heater caused this morning's fire which started on the side of the house in the couple's bedroom and quickly spread to the other side of the home.

It took three different fire crews to finally put out the blaze, but Smith county sheriff's deputies were first on scene. Officials said one deputy tried going in, but the smoke and flames were too overwhelming. The victim's son was in the home when the fire broke out. He said he thought his father had just fallen again. He said when he went into the room it was horribly and fatally a different story.

"I thought we could just put out the little fire but it just kept going," said Jacob Page. "I can just remember hearing my dad scream. It has not been easy."

It is a sad situation for everyone involved, especially the young son.

A tragedy fund has been set up for the family. It is called the Page Family Tragedy Fund, and donations can be made to any branch of Southside Bank.