Father, Deputies Can't Save Child From South Carolina Fire

June 17, 2008
The boy's body was found in a back bedroom closet.


A 4-year-old boy died in a mobile home fire on El Dorado Drive Tuesday morning.

They said a couple and their four children lived in the home. The young boy was the only member of the family who did not make it out.

Firefighters said they got the emergency call at about 1:30 a.m.

"When we got here the trailer was completely engulfed in flames," said Lt. Tim Ridgeway of the Greenville County Sheriff's office, "They got the fire out, entered the trailer, and they did find the 4-year-old male deceased in the back of the trailer."

The coroner's office identified the victim as Jordan Trammell. Deputies said the boy's father went inside to try to find his son, but the heat and smoke were so intense, it drove him out of the home.

Jordan's body was found in a closet in a back bedroom.

Jordan's mother, Virginia Webster, said, "We went to bed at 11:30 last night and I kissed Jordan goodnight and told him I loved him and that I would see him in the morning."

She said that they woke up and smelled smoke and went to where the children were sleeping on the floor -- all except Jordan.

"We walked in there, opened the door, and the flames just shot out from the room And we hollered and hollered and hollered for him and he never answered. We couldn't find him," Webster said.

Deputies, who were the first responders on scene, tried to get into the room, too.

"They busted out the window to see if they can go in and get him and they couldn't go in there. The flames were too much," Webster said.

Greenville County sheriff's Lt. Shea Smith said, "The cause of the fire is undetermined right now. It does not appear to be suspicious in nature at this point, so we'll be working with the fire department to try to come up with the exact cause of the fire."

On Tuesday, Jordan's mother, Virginia Webster, went back to look what was left of their home, and to deal with her grief over the loss of her son.

"Words cannot express how bad I am feeling right now," she said. "Especially with us not being able to go in there and get him."

And now she says she is trying to figure out how to explain the tragedy to her other children.

Webster said, "My 2-year-old, he said to me, "Mommy, Jordan's lost." And I said, 'He's not lost. He's in heaven.' I said, 'He's OK." He said, 'But mommy, Jordan's gone. I said, 'I know. I'm sorry.' I mean what do you say? You really don't know what to say to a child. They lost their brother. I lost my son. I mean, it's just too much. It really is."

An autopsy will be performed Tuesday to determine the cause of the child's death.

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