St. Pete mom says space heater caused fire that displaced her family

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A St. Pete family who lost nearly everything in a fire says a space heater is to blame for the blaze.

Jahmeshia Jackson tells us she was hosting Sunday dinner at her home on 21st Street when all of a sudden she smelled smoke. Then smoke poured out of her son’s bedroom where a space heater is located.

“Out of nowhere and it happened so quick,” recalls Jackson. “The door was locked so I had to kick it in. I kicked it in and then, the next thing you know, the whole bed was gone. The bunk beds are gone.”

The child’s furniture was engulfed in flames.

“I grabbed my kids,” she says. “That was my first priority. Grab my kids and go.”

Fortunately, all eight people inside the home made it out safely. Jackson also managed to save her daughter’s ashes.  Her daughter passed away in December of last year.

“I felt better when I got my baby’s ashes,” Jackson says. “I felt better. You cannot replace the other stuff but I felt better.”

Jackson’s belongings are unrecognizable.  Her emotions are uncontrollable.

“This is too much. I have been going through too much. Too much,” says Jackson.

Jackson says her family is now homeless and looking for a place to stay.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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