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Feb 15, 2013 5:23 PM by Josh Breslow

Family Mourns Victim Of Deadly Pulaski County House Fire

A Pulaski County woman still grieving over the murder of her sister is now forced to bury her husband.

Arthur "A.J." Jackson, 51, was killed Thursday afternoon when his family's house on Happy Circle Drive caught fire.

Nellie Jackson had only been gone for a few minutes when she returned to home of almost two decades was up in flames. Her husband was still inside.

"I was screaming for A.J. to come on, come on, get up and stuff and the place was filled with smoke all over," Nellie Jackson told LEX 18.

The 51-year-old was pulled from the burning house. He later died at the hospital.

"I thought 'This can't be real. I gotta be in a dream.' I pinched myself and it was real. It still don't seem real," Jackson said. "I expect to hear his voice saying something or looking for the kids."

The father of four and grandfather of two had a love for sports and for his family.

"He'd do anything for anyone he could. He just enjoyed living life," said Jackson.

Arthur Jackson suffered a major stroke in 2010 and had another minor stroke earlier this month. He had just returned home from the hospital days before the deadly fire, which was believed to have been sparked by a space heater.

"My husband's been through enough since 2010. He's fought so hard and stuff. He's tired," Jackson said.

Jackson has been through a lot herself, losing several family members over the last year, including her sister, Mary Gilmore Hislope. Hislope was murdered by her husband, Timothy in August 2012.

"I've had a lot of loss. No time to grieve. No time to let anything adjust. Still mourning," said Jackson.

Jackson's cousin, Jacobi Gilmore was hurt in a wreck in October 2012 while leaving football practice. The car he was in was hit by a tractor trailer. Gilmore survived and continues to recover.

Arthur "A.J." Jackson's visitation will be Monday at 6 p.m. at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home. His funeral will Tuesday at noon.

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