Alabama mother dies saving 3 children from burning home

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GREENSBORO, Ala. (CNN) - A young mother was killed in a fire in Hale County earlier this week, but not before saving her children with the help of the oldest son.

Nothing but charred rubble remains of the family's mobile home in Greensboro after a fire early Monday, around 4 a.m.  Melissa Rabon died.

Her family is still in shock.

"To find out your daughter died like that and she was so young," said Mentha Rabon.  "She just had a birthday on the ninth of July, turned 29."

Melissa leaves behind three sons -- Jaylon Rabon, 12, O'Brien Ward Jr., 7 and Marshawn Rabon, 2.

Authorities say Melissa made sure all three boys made it out the home safely.  The fire was apparently centered in a bathroom.

"The oldest son, he did a great job of making sure that the other smaller children was out of the residence," said Hale County Sheriff Kenneth Ellis.

Now, the family is looking for help for these young survivors without their mother."Well they lost everything, so really they need love and clothes, food. They just need attention right now because it really hasn't set in," said Mentha Rabon.

The Hale County Emergency Management Agency has set up a Melissa Rabon Fund at People's Bank of Greensboro and The Citizens Bank to help take care of funeral expenses and the young boys.


  • Lotus

    What a sad tragedy… thank you Mike for your wonderful comment. I hope these children don’t grow up feeling any kind of guilt for the loss of their mother. She obviously loved them with all her heart and soul. As a 20-year long single mom, I thank you for your kind comment. Shelley

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