Cause Undetermined In Fire That Killed Mother, Injured Son

Deputies say the cause of a fire that killed a woman and injured her son is listed as undetermined.

Wayne County deputies, with the help of the SBI, know where the fire started in Sharon Kascsak's mobile home, but are unable to determine the exact cause.

Deputies do say that nothing criminal started the fire on Bass Lake Drive outside of Mount Olive.

Injured was the woman's 12-year-old son, Stephen. He is a seventh grader at Mount Olive Middle School and was supposed to start school Monday morning when the fire broke out. The child received first degree burns on his face when he woke up by the smoke and opened his bedroom door to see the fire.

He managed to escape through a window and run to a neighbor's home for help.

Deputies say a neighbor tried to get inside before firefighters arrived and save the woman, but couldn't because of intense flames and smoke.

The boy's mother was found dead on the floor of the master bedroom.


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Deputies in Wayne County said a mother died in a mobile home fire, while her young son managed to escape.

Major Tom Effler with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said his investigators are teaming up with the State Bureau of Investigation to figure out how the blaze started at a home in the Bass Lake Mobile Home Park.

Maj. Effler said multiple departments responded to the call before dawn.

Crews said they found a woman dead in the fire, while her 12-year-old son escaped the deadly blaze by climbing out a window.

Friends have identified the victim as Sharon Kascsak. Wayne County Schools says the woman's son, Stephen, is a 7th grader at Mount Olive Middle School.

The son received first degree burns to his face when he opened up the bedroom door, as well as some cuts and scratches as he escaped the burning home.

Investigators said while they are still working to determine the cause of the fire, they do not see anything to indicate it was suspicious in nature.


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