Selma Fire Chief Henry Allen said the two residents of the home, Jacqueline Williams and her son Jay, were both asleep at the time the fire occurred.
"When the fire started, (Jacqueline Williams) woke up and managed to get out of the house," Allen
said firefighters were directed to the room where Jay Williams was last seen sleeping and managed to pull him from the burning building.
said this was the first fire death in Selma
in two years.
said the damage to the kitchen was too extensive for investigators to determine what caused the fire.He
added that the stove door in the kitchen was open and it appeared the Williams' were using the stove to heat the home.
"There was not a direct conclusion that this is what caused the fire," Allen
said it is not uncommon for some residents to use unconventional ways to find heat when they do not have their gas or electricity turned on.
"Once the temperatures start dropping, people will use any method they can to keep warm," Allen