Son Tried To Save Mother, Sister From Fatal Fire

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A mother and her daughter both perished early Wednesday morning when fire raced through their Limestone County home. The frantic call for help came in just after midnight. The first firefighters on the scene say flames were already coming through the roof.

Investigators say it may be a day or two before they're able to walk through and try to determine not only where the fire began, but what started it.

An elderly woman and her daughter both lost their lives in this house fire early Wednesday morning, despite the frantic efforts of another relative to save them.

"They were sleeping upstairs and her son lived in the basement," according to Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely. The son noticed smoke and raced upstairs to find the home was already burning. He tried to save his mother and his sister.

"He discovered his mother near the back door, pulled her onto the back porch and then found his sister and then pulled her out onto the front porch," Blakely said. Both women were unresponsive and were later pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff's investigators identify the victims as 76-year-old Josephine Lamar and her daughter, 43-year-old Traci Shook. Autopsies will be performed to confirm the cause of death. Fire investigators say it may be a few days before they can physically examine the scene in an effort to determine where and how the fire began.

"At this point there's nothing to indicate anything suspicious, perhaps an electrical failure," Blakely said.

Authortities tell us Mrs. Lamar's son, who lived in the basement of the house, was not injured.

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