Updated 8 months ago by Josh Breslow
Investigators continue to search for the cause of a house fire that killed a Wayne County couple and their grandchild.
The fire broke out late Thursday night on Highway 1009 in the Windy Community.
The Wayne County Coroner identified the victims as 53-year-old Douglas Walker, his 60-year-old wife, Melvina Walker and their 3-year-old grandson, Jaimie Elliott. The couple's other grandchild, 19-year-old Samantha Gregory was rescued from the burning home by a neighbor after he heard the teen banging on the window for help. Neighbors say the grandchild lived in the home with the Walkers.
"We went around the corner and it was blazing. I never thought about them being in there and that just broke our hearts when we found that out," said Jackie Roberts, a close friend of the family, who had just seen them hours before the fire. "I know when they went to bed last night they didn't expect this, you know?"
Roberts and his wife are watching after one of the survivors of the fire, Jaimie's dog.
"[Doug] never seen a stranger," Roberts told LEX 18 about his friend. "He would joke and go on with everybody. If he had something good to say, he'd say it. If he had something bad to say, he'd say it."
Crews worked throughout the night and into Friday, trying to figure out what could have sparked the deadly fire. Investigators said it appeared to have started in a back bathroom. It's been labeled "accidental," but an exact cause has not been pinned down.
"We know one thing, where little Jaimie is. I know where Doug and Melvina is. They're in Heaven and I thank The Lord for that," said Roberts.
State Police told LEX 18 that they are not sure if the home had working smoke detectors.
Preliminary autopsy results on the three victims could be released as early as this weekend.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home in Monticello.