Lewisville, AR and Stamps, AR fire departments are investigating the cause of a double fatal fire Wednesday morning. (Source: Fred Gamble/ KSLA News 12)
Family members identified the victims as 82-year-old Roosevelt Johnson and his daughter 58-year-old Lois Johnson. (Source: Johnson family)
(Source: Fred Gamble/ KSLA News 12)
LEWISVILLE, AR (KSLA) -
Two people are dead after a fire in Lewisville, Arkansas Wednesday morning.
The fire happened around 2 a.m. near the intersection of 3rd Street and Warren Street.
"I just can't believe they were still in there," said relative Lisa Raye.
Raye identified the victims as 82-year-old Roosevelt Johnson and his daughter 58-year-old Lois Johnson.
"During the course of the fire investigation, it was learned that there were 2 people inside the initial house that we responded to both of those subjects are believed to be deceased inside the home," said Jason Tomlin, Lewisville firefighter.
Neighbor Anthony Jackson says he was the first person on the scene.
"I noticed it on fire, I called 911 and tried to get in the house, and I kicked the door in and something was obstructing the door and I couldn't get all the way in and there was a lot of smoke in there," Jackson said.
Jackson said in addition to losing his longtime friends he also lost all of his possessions after the fire spread from their home to his.
"I actually was hoping that it wasn't going to burn my house, I actually probably could've got a little stuff out but I was trying to get in over here to check on them and by time I got back to my house mine was burning and I couldn't get back in there to save anything," Jackson added.
Despite the debris, Raye says she sees a flicker of hope.
"I hate to see that my dad and my sister both are gone but I know God got them in a better place," Raye said.
Lewisville and Stamps fire departments responded to the fire.
The Arkansas State Police are leading the investigation.
The bodies have been sent to Little Rock for autopsies.