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Victim's Family Speaks About Fatal House Fire

UPDATE 1-17-2012 by Lanetra Bennett

The husband and son of a Tallahassee woman killed in a house fire are speaking out. They tell us she was 66-year-old Mary Scarborough.

Yesterday, WCTV was covering the scene when Billy Scarborough came home to find that his wife had died inside this home...

He was back here today, and WCTV me that he's had a lot of support from family, friends, and co-workers to get him through the tragedy.

"I still don't believe that she's gone."

Billy Scarborough says he and his wife, Mary, lived in this home for 16 years...

Monday, his 66-year old wife died in that home.

"I can't believe it. it hasn't really dawned on my hard enough yet. But, I haven't been sleeping yet. I'm trying, still hanging in there. I haven't eaten anything in a day or so. I ain't hungry. I don't have no appetite."

Scarborough did not want to show his face for the interview...

Tallahassee firefighters say they were called to the Hernando Drive home around 2:30 Monday afternoon...

Jeffrey Darby says firefighters found his mother's body near the side door...

He says she looked like she was trying to escape the fire.

Darby, victim's son. says, "The smoke rushed her lungs. She probably woke up and panicked. By her being kind of handicapped, she can't walk too fast; she probably panicked and fell and went backwards. The fire did get to her."

Darby says firefighters told him that the fire started with an outdoor plug on the front porch... He says it sparked a fire through the inside wall.

"I'm going to miss my mom."

No one else was home at the time of the fire. Firefighters say they are still investigating.

Mary Scarborough's funeral is Saturday at 3:00 at New Bethel A.M.E. Church on Blue Star Highway in Quincy.


Updated by Lanetra Bennett 1-17-2012 2:09pm

Billy Scarborough says it was his wife, Mary, who died in Monday's fire at 1512 Hernando Drive in Tallahassee.

Mary Scarborough was 66 years old.

The funeral is set for Saturday, January 21 at 3:00 p.m. at New Bethel A.M.E. Church in Quincy, FL on Highway 90.


UPDATE 1-16-2012 5:43 pm

House Fire in the 1500 Block of Hernando Drive
TFP Press Release

Tallahassee, FL -- This afternoon at 2:32pm, five units from the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a reported house fire on Hernando Drive.

Firefighters found heavy fire in the front portion of the home and porch area. Firefighters quickly searched the residence and discovered one person dead inside the home.

The cause of the fire and the fatality is under investigation at this time.

No other injuries were reported during the incident. Damages are estimated at $50,000.


UPDATE 1-16-2012

Tallahassee, FL -- Tallahassee Fire Department officials say there has been a house fire on Hernando Drive that has left one woman dead.

It happened at a home on Hernando Drive this afternoon. Officials say an elderly woman was killed in the fire.

Her husband pulled up at the home while our cameras were rolling.
Family members and emergency officials had to try and hold him back from entering the home.

The man passed out and had to be worked on by paramedics.
Firefighters on scene are not commenting at this time as to what started the blaze.


Tallahassee, FL -- January 16, 2012

TFD says there has been a house fire on Hernando Drive with possibly one fatality. A reporter is headed to the scene. We will have more information as it becomes available.


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