TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputy ran into a burning mobile home Wednesday night with the hope of saving people trapped inside, only to be knocked backward when the fire flashed, causing an explosion.
A woman and her 2-year-old grandson died in the blaze. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputy Dane Tewmey suffered burns to his arms and hands.
Deputies responded to a 911 call about a mobile home fire at Garden Lane and Clewis Ave in Tampa. shortly after 11 p.m. on Wednesday.
When deputies arrived, they saw that the single wide mobile home was fully engulfed in flames. Deputies spotted an adult male, 43 on the ground suffering from smoke inhalation and minor burns.
The man said his advised his mother and a child were in the house. Deputies could hear a female yelling from inside. Deputy Dane Tewmey immediately entered the home to rescue the occupants.
“And then we heard the little boy screaming. And ….. It was bad, ” a neighbor, Emma Izzy, said. “All I hear is that little boy. Whew. I have two kids. I have a four year old and a one year old. This is hard.”
Deputy Tewmey reached the adult female and was attempting to remove her from the home when the fire flashed and caused an explosion. Deputy Tewmey was knocked backward and received burns to his arms and hands. Deputy Tewmey tried to push forward back into the home, however, the fire was to intense to go back in.
Firefighters with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue quickly arrived and were able to put out the fire. Upon searching the residence, firefighters found a 58-year-old female and 2-year-old male were deceased inside.
Tentative identification of the victims have been made, however official positive identification will be made by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
The State Fire Marshals Office, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office and HCSO detectives are conducting a joint investigation to determine the cause and origin of the fire and official cause of death.
Deputy Tewmey was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for smoke inhalation, burns to his arms and hands and was later released. He was not available for a comment.