Texas Teen Tries to Rescue Mom from Fire

MAGNOLIA, Texas --

A teenager tried to save his partially bedridden mother from their burning mobile home, but was unsuccessful, KPRC Local 2 reported.

The fire broke out on Laurel Lane near Pine Bark Lane near Magnolia on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Investigators said Jack Hargett, 16, was at a friend's house across the street when he went to check on his mother because she was bedridden.

When he spotted the fire, he and neighbors rushed to try to save Sandra Hargett, 51, but could not get to her.

Firefighters found the woman dead in her bedroom.

The fire left the teen an orphan. His father died from cancer in 2004.

"I don't know. I don't know what to do. I don't have a house anymore or any parents," Hargett said.

Sandra Hargett was bedridden because of back surgery.

"I was just coming to check on her. My mom's sick and everything, and then the house is on fire," Jack Hargett said.

He said that when he opened the door, smoke was everywhere.

"It was full of smoke, so I started yelling, 'Fire, fire, fire.' I ran around back and went in the house and I tried to get in her room but I couldn't go in there because it was too hot," Hargett said.

Fire officials said the heat from the blaze would have made saving Sandra Hargett unbearable.

"A tremendous amount of heat. Even the TV in the middle of the mobile home is melted," said Scott Burin, the Montgomery County assistant fire marshal.

Officials said the fire started in the mother's bedroom.

The cause is under investigation.

The parents of Jack Hargett's best friend opened up their home to the teenager and offered him a place to stay.

"We're going to take care of him as much as we can," the best friend's mother said.

The Hargett family did not have insurance and the home is unlivable.

Jack Hargett's grandmother and older sister arrived at the scene to offer support, as well.

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