Man Dies After Trailer Catches on Fire

By: Mollie Lair Email
By: Mollie Lair Email

Irvin Stokes died late Friday night after being trapped in his burning trailer.

Police and firefighters arrived to 372 Brownsville Road to find the 1969 New Moon mobile home fully engulfed in flames. The owner, Stokes, was still inside the home.

New Matamoras and Grandview fire personnel attempted to extinguish the fire. Once the flames were under control, officials located Stokes' remains on his front porch.

A large oxygen tank was recovered on scene and appeared to have exploded.

Those who helped take care of Stokes say he was a long-time smoker and was on oxygen 24 hours a day.

Neighbor Gilbert Jones heard a loud explosion and saw the trailer on fire. He attempted to enter the structure, but the flames were too intense.

Irvin was diagnosed with COPD, emphysema, and high blood pressure.

Irvin was cared for by Quality of Life home health care and neighbors say Irvine smoked while on the oxygen and while around the oxygen tanks inside of his home.

Fire Marshal Stellfox said the cause of the fire was undetermined and he would return on Monday November 7, 2011 to complete his investigation.

This case remains open pending investigation.


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