[UPDATE] Mother and Son Die in Gadsden Co. House Fire

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Updated By: La'Tasha Givens on 1/5 at 6:30 PM

Fire investigators say they are getting closer closer to finding answers in a deadly fire that happened on Monday. 1/3/11.

First responders say the blaze started just before 2 AM on the 500 hundred block of Woodberry Street in Quincy. It claimed the lives of 39-year-old Francisca Calderon and her 10-year-old son Irvin Labra. The father Miguel and daughter Blanca survived.

While the completed report won't be ready for weeks, fire officials say preliminary testing shows the cause may be a malfunctioning air conditioner unit.

We'll update this story when the final report is released.


Updated By: La'Tasha Givens on 1/4 at 6:00 PM

"The heat woke them up and they didn't have a fire alarm," says Ivonne Jimenez, the niece of Miguel Calderon.

Gadsden County first responders say the fire started just before 2 am Tuesday 1/4. That blaze claimed the lives of 39 year old Francisca Calderon and her 10 year old son Irvin Labra.

Jimenez begins to cry as she talks about her family. "It's sad that this happened. Just get closer to your family. Everyday is a blessing and we don't know if tomorrow is going to come."

The father Miguel Calderon and 12 year old daughter Blanca survived the blaze.
Calderon's niece recounts the family's nightmare.

"They went through the back door and he's like come go so at that point for sure he thought 100 percent she was behind him," says Jimenez.

Jimenez says the mom and son got lost in the smoke. Once authorities arrived, they could not find little Irvin.

"His sister heard that they couldn't find him she is like look under the bed and sure enough that's where he was," says Jimenez.

First responders found Irvin's body underneath the bed, buried in rubble. He was a 5th grader at George Monroe Elementary who was just accepted into the gifted program.

Hilda Jackson// George Monroe Elementary
"Students and teachers we're devastated when they heard the news. I talked to the mother right before Christmas. She is one of the most devoted parents and is really helpful in the classroom and on our campus."

Jimenez urges every family to have a fire plan.
"Talk to your children in case of emergency and tell them what to do and where the exits are. A lot of times we think, why should we even think about that or talk about that? But things do happen and it happened today."

January 4, 2011 --

An early-morning fire in Gadsden County leaves a mother and son dead.

Gadsden County deputies say the blaze happened just before 2AM at 501 Woodberry Road in Quincy. The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that two people died in the fire, and that the home was completely destroyed. They say 40-year old Fransica Calderon and her 10-year-old son Irvin Labra, who was a fifth grader at George Monroe Elementary, did not make it out. The step dad, Miguel Calderon, and the 13-year-old daughter Blanca Calderon survived.

Eyewitness News has been to the scene and talked with family members who say they are trying to contact other family members in Mexico. The state fire marshals' office has not released the cause of the fire at this time. First responders say the Red Cross has reached out to the family to offer resources.

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