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March 10, 2013

Man dies in mobile home fire

Man dies in mobile home fire

By CHRISTIN COYNE

PARKER COUNTY - A mobile home fire north of Weatherford Friday morning claimed the life of a 50-year-old Parker County man who was apparently unable to escape.

John “Jay” Alan Montgomery was found dead in the bedroom of his residence in the 3600 block of Oak Circle in Crazy Horse Ranchos, according to authorities.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death an accident due to smoke inhalation during the house fire.

David Cordell said he’s known Montgomery for 25 years and, for the past nine months, had been letting Montgomery stay in a mobile home Cordell used for storage.

Cordell’s stepson reportedly noticed the house was in flames around 6 a.m. and alerted Cordell, who called 911.

His stepson kicked in the front door open to let Montgomery’s dogs out and yelled for Montgomery but did not get an answer, Cordell said, adding that it was too hot for his stepson to enter, Cordell said.

Parker County Fire Marshal Shawn Scott said firefighters were dispatched at 6:15 a.m. to a call reporting the fire and possible entrapment.

Weatherford Fire Department arrived on scene 16 minutes later, with Peaster Volunteer Fire Department following four minutes behind. Cool-Garner, Central and Greenwood departments also responded.

The house was reported to be two-thirds involved upon arrival and the fire was too progressed for firefighters to make a rescue attempt, Scott said.

The fire was reported to be under control by 7:14 a.m., according to dispatch records.

Montgomery’s body was later found on the floor in the master bedroom.

“It appears he was trying to get out,” Scott said, adding that the fire appeared to be between him and the doorway.

Corrugated metal placed around the single-wide mobile home made the fire attack by firefighters difficult, as well as making it harder for the resident to escape as all doorways but one were covered up, according to Scott.

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