Lynn fire kills mother, son

Posted: 10/06/12 at 6:35 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/06/12 at 10:32 pm EDT

LYNN, Mass. (WHDH) -- A large fire ripped through a Lynn home around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, killing a mother and her son.

Fire officials said the 38-year-old son likely could have escaped, but they believe he tried to rescue his mother and became entrapped by the flames.

“The first arriving companies found a two-story, wood-framed building heavily involved in fire. A person in the street told them there were people in the building,” said Chief Dennis Carmody, Lynn Fire Department.

“Unfortunately for the people in the building it wouldn’t even be the smoke, it would’ve been the heat that knocked them down,” said Chief Carmody.

Neighbors tried to help, but were unable to get inside due to the intense heat.

“The front door was open and I tried to go in, but the smoke was pretty hot and intense so I couldn’t go in there,” said neighbor, Dave Quinn.

“Just to know that this happened here, to people you care about. They were real good people,” said Quinn.

Their bodies were found on the top floor.

“A lot of fire. The fire was going from the first floor up through the second floor, the whole left side of the building, interior, the fire was in three rooms as they went in,” said Chief Carmody.

Three other family members, a woman and two teenagers escaped unharmed.

“The people that did escape really escaped just with a very short window of opportunity from the basement too. They had to dive out a window to get out of there and were for a while trapped in the backyard due to the extensive fires,” said Stephen Coan, a fire marshal.

“It’s always a tough day when we go to do our job and not everybody goes home,” said Chief Carmody.

The cause of the fire remains unknown and the identities of the two people who did not survive have not yet been released.

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