Fire officials identify woman killed in mobile home fire

Fire officials identify woman killed in mobile home fire

Gloria Aguilar (left) (Source: Family) Gloria Aguilar (left) (Source: Family)
Investigators search for clues in Aguilar's mobile home. Investigators search for clues in Aguilar's mobile home.

6 News Reporter

DANDRIDGE (WATE) - A 66-year-old grandmother died from smoke inhalation after a fire starts in her trailer on Applewood Way in Dandridge. The fire started in the kitchen around seven Thursday night.

The victim, Gloria Aguilar, died a couple hours later at the hospital.

According to the fire chief, it appears the fire started in the kitchen near the stove. While the exact cause is still under investigation, the victim's daughter says her mother was cooking at the time of the fire.

The homeowner, Gloria Aguilar, had limited mobility and was often in a wheelchair. The chief says it appears she was trying to get out the back door but collapsed just feet before making it outside.

Carmen Perkins and her 11-year-old son Jacob lived in the trailer with Carmen's mother, Gloria Aguilar.

"I feel hopeless. I lost my house and my mom at the same time. Now what am I going to do?" said Carmen Perkins.

Chief Andrew Riley with the Dandridge Fire Department says in just a couple minutes, firefighters were on the scene.

"Neighbors were indicating that there might be someone inside and firefighters did a quick search and found the owner of the home on the floor in the back of the trailer," said Chief Riley.

Aguilar was taken to the hospital, but didn't make it overnight. Perkins says her mother died from smoke inhalation.

"I'm going to miss her a lot. She was sweet. She was kind," said Perkins.

While Perkins mourns the loss of her mother she also worries where she and her son will now stay. Even though the fire was in the kitchen, the rest of the home has smoke and water damage.

As the investigation continues into what exactly caused the fire in the kitchen, Perkins and her son say they'll find peace in prayer.

"I'm going to miss her a lot and I'm just happy she's in a happier place," said Jacob Perkins.

The fire chief wants to remind people to make sure they have working smoke alarms. He says to also have an evacuation plan in case of a fire and to practice it.

The Dandridge Fire Chief says they haven't had a fire death in 17 years. The chief hopes they won't have another fire death and says the fire department will continue to emphasize fire prevention in the community.

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