Wife of father and son killed in fire back with family
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The wife and mother of two victims in a home fire earlier this week is back home with her family after spending some time in the hospital. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The wife and mother of two victims in a home fire earlier this week is back home with her family after spending some time in the hospital.
It's a tough time for this family that has called Las Vegas home for several generations. That includes the father who grew up one street over from his current home and worked for the city for more than 30 years.
"It's a tremendous loss for our family. We'll never be the same," says Roshonda Mayfield.
Thursday night, fire officials say Henry Jackson was tinkering with his boat when a spark caused gas vapors to ignite and explode and send flames through the small one story home near Revere and Lake Mead. Henry was later found laying near his boat.
"Everybody knows Hank.Hank was just awesome. He made everyone laugh. Very caring. Very giving," says Mayfield.
His 13-year-old son Mirion also died trapped in a home filled with black smoke; he had gone to find a phone to call for help.
"The fact that he's not here right now is because of his heart and he wouldn't leave without calling 911 for his father and he got trapped in the house," says Mayfield.
The only survivor is Henry's wife. Her home is destroyed along with everything she owned and family pictures and keepsakes.
"She has nothing. Not to mention she lost her soul-mate of 30 years, her baby. It's her second child lost," says Mayfield.
Despite the pain, the family thanks the two officers who were sent to the hospital after they tried to get past window bars trapping Mirion.
"They tried everything they could to get those bars off, and we just thank them," says Mayfield.
Looking ahead to a life without this father and son, the family leans on the support of the community.
"Just keep us in your prayers. Just pray for my sister. Give her strength to get through this," says Mayfield.
A fund has also been set up at any Bank of America under the victim's names to help with funeral costs. The account is set up under the name of Henry Jackson and Mirion Jackson Memorial Fund.