Woman Saves Baby From House Fire But Dies After Returning To Rescue Disabled Mother

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A 41-year-old Texas woman saved her baby from a fire, only to die after running back inside her home to rescue her disabled mother. Tina Mercer of Mabank called emergency services Monday afternoon to report a house fire in the 15000 block of Kaufman County Road 4015 in the Prairieville Community.

Mercer, who had saved the infant, told the dispatcher she wanted to go back to help her mother Linda Scott, 65, get out of the house. Unfortunately, Mercer and Scott were unable to exit the home before succumbing to smoke inhalation. When firefighters arrived, mother and daughter were found dead inside the home.

The baby, mercifully, was uninjured and safe outside the home. The State Fire Marshal has joined the Kaufman County Fire Marshal to investigate the cause of the fire. Mercer is survived by her husband and three other children, according to KLTV. Her other children were at home at the time of the fire.

The school district, where the children attend, issued a statement about Mercer’s death. “Yesterday a family with 4 children in school suffered a tragic loss when their home caught fire. We are working with several organizations to assist the family. There will be great needs as they prepare funeral expenses and try to recover,” Mabank ISD wrote on Facebook.

The district also announced that for those wanting to help an account has been set up for donations at Southside Bank in Gun Barrel City.

A similar tragedy occurred in 2018 when a father who managed to escape his burning apartment building in Massachusetts was killed after he returned to rescue his son and daughter, both under five. Though his wife and his infant child survived, he died along with his children.

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The man, who worked as a truck driver, had immigrated from Somalia in 2005. He had returned home from work a few hours before the fire broke out in the four-story building in Springfield. Fire officials said the building wasn’t equipped with sprinklers and it wasn’t clear if the smoke detectors inside the apartments were working.

A man, a pregnant woman and a child were also injured when they jumped from a second-story window before firefighters arrived the scene, Springfield Fire Department spokesperson Dennis Leger told the Boston Globe.

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