Mom, son found dead in Hunt County house fire



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Posted on January 18, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 19 at 2:06 PM

GREENVILLE -- Early Friday morning, Corey Blair woke when smoke and flames filled the home in Hunt County he shared with his wife, Kellie, and their six-year-old son, Collin.

“He tried to wake them up and couldn't get them awake," said Kellie Blair’s father, Russell Carpenter. "He got out of the house, cut himself up real bad."

Blair rushed next door to call 911.

"By the time they came back out and tried again, it was totally engulfed," Carpenter said. "Not a chance."

Hunt County Fire Marshal Richard Hill said authorities were alerted to the fire in the 500 block of County Road 1063 at about 2:20 a.m.

Relatives say Kellie and her son were sleeping in a separate bedroom when the fire started.

"My son-in-law was in their bedroom, on the safe end of the house" Carpenter said. "He had the flu, so she was sleeping with the baby in [Collin's] room and they were together. He was not able to get them out."

Relatives say Corey Blair suffered severe smoke inhalation and is in a medically-induced coma.

The home that burned was built more than 40 years ago. It's where most of the family grew up. Investigators believe faulty electrical wiring may have caused the fire.

The fire marshal said the deadly fire was the second tragedy for the Blair family in a two-year period; Kellie Blair's brother-in-law was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan.