A 13-year-old boy has tragically died after attempting to rescue his paralysed father from their burning home.

Police believe the fire broke out around 1am last Wednesday at their mobile property in the US state of Oklahoma. According to authorities, the fire started in the living room where both the boy and his 16-year-old sister were sleeping, shares 7 news.

Their 60-year-old father, James Cummins, was in another room. It was his daughter who woke up and saw the room was on fire, the Sun Herald reports.

She ran across the street to a neighbour’s house, asking for help, while the boy, Thomas JayVance Cummins, tried to get their father into a wheelchair.

However, neither of them made it out alive when they were overcome with smoke.

While an official cause is still being determined, police believed multiple space heaters in the home contributed to the blaze.

RIP our thoughts are with the family x

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  • It states mobile property. We dopnt know if it was a home or caravan with ensuite attached or annexe attached or what. There may have been too many heaters in the room either too close together or one heater just too close to a object that caught fire. If one heater has burnt another one it might be difficult to find out which one caused it. Different countries use different names for some things. I’m wondering if they were oil coil electrical ones.


  • How brave and devastatingly sad.


  • How very sad for their family.


  • How sad !! And what a brave boy for trying ! Praying for comfort for this family in this time of grieve and loss.


  • That’s terrible! The fire must have spread so quickly! :-(


  • That poor family! RIP to them both


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