Design Flaws in Mobile Home May Have Led to Fire Deaths

November 20, 2008

Sand Springs, Okla., fire officials say design flaws in a mobile home contributed to the death of a couple in a fire.

The bodies of 49-year-old Steve Jastrzemski and 47-year-old Rosetta Albright-Jastrzemski were found in a bathroom of the home where they tried to escape through a window.

But Deputy Fire Chief Tom Jenkins says the window was a non-standard size of about 1-foot-wide by 3-feet-tall.

Rosetta Albright-Jastrzemski had escaped the burning home with her daughter and 11-year-old grandson but went back inside to rescue her 3-year-old granddaughter.

She was able to push the girl through the bathroom window to her mother.

Jenkins says a preliminary investigation indicates the fire was electrical but the exact cause hasn’t been determined.

Information from: The Oklahoman,

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