Mother, children die in apartment fire
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — A Midwest City mother died overnight after an apartment fire which also killed her two sons.
The fire started around noon Sunday at the Raintree Meadows apartment complex on the 440 block of S. Harr Dr. in Midwest City.
Dylan Terry, 4, and his brother, 2-year-old John Brown-Jones, II, both died in the fire Sunday.
Lindsey Terry, 26, was transferred to a burn unit where she died overnight.
Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the fire and why that mom and her two little boys could not make it out of the apartment.
Midwest City Fire Major David Richardson said, “There was so much smoke and there was such strong winds today that it was blowing right here in the parking lot. So and the specific apartment’s in the southwest corner which is obscured from your vision here in the parking lot.”
A police officer pulled out a 2-year-old boy and firefighters found a 4-year-old boy and their mother inside.
Authorities said the mother was revived Sunday but didn’t make it through the night.
“I hear commotion, screaming. I get up, I look out my bedroom door and my whole apartment was filled with smoke. I try to walk through the hallway to get closer to the living room to see what was going on. There’s flames all on my living room door,” resident Jacob Wild said.
Wild made a split second decision that probably saved his life.
He jumped from his second story window to safety.
He said, “I didn’t think twice about it. It was a life-or-death situation.”
Jacob said other residents were screaming that there were children inside but there was nothing anyone could do.
“There was flames shooting out of the…wind was coming from the south shooting flames straight out of this hallway. There was no getting to the breezeway,” he said.
Neighbors said the mother lived there alone, raising her two boys by herself.
“She was a good person, took care of her kids and she was a kind woman. Sorry, sorry this had to happen.”
A friend of the father of those little boys said the parents were separated and that’s why he was not living at the apartment with them.
She said their father said they were always happy, smiling, playful little boys and will be greatly missed.