Victims of a fire on West Main Street two weeks ago are still in critical condition, said Statesboro Fire Inv. Capt. Emerson Melton.
Cierra Mosley, 19; her child Naomi, 2, and her nephew, Costello Reese, 18 months, have undergone surgeries but are still facing serious recovery issues, he said Wednesday.
Beunca Mincey, mother of Reese, said her son was burned over more than 95 percent of his body, and doctors are concerned about internal damages.
The victims are still under care of doctors at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at the Doctors Hospital in Augusta.
Mosely was caring for several children, all relatives, when apparently a gas space heater ignited materials nearby — possibly laundry and couches, Melton said. After discovering the flames, she dragged Naomi and Costello outside, but she and both children suffered extensive burns, Mincey said. Tiny Costello's clothing was in flames when two people passing by — Megan Drake and Elgie Raymond — both stopped to help.
Other children who were in the house escaped injury. Mincey said her niece Miracle, 5, rescued two of her siblings by dragging her brother and sister out of the inferno. Miracle's brother Kareem is eight months old; their sister Aliyah is two years.
The American Red Cross has helped the Mincey family — nine people lived in the home — with food and lodging, but others in the community have reached out to help as well.
A fund has been set up at First Southern National Bank in the Mincey family name for anyone who wants to donate. Also, clothing and other household items the Minceys may need can be dropped off at Cleve White Nissan on South Main Street.
Family members who lost their home in the fire, along with clothing sizes: James Russell Mincey - pants size 38, shirt size large, and shoe size nine; wife Carolyn Mincey — shirt sizes large and extra large, pants size 36, shoe size 8 1/2 to 9; Jacquelyn Mincey — size 36 pants, large shirts, 9 1/2 shoes.
Children: Eric — child's size 10-12, child's shoe size 13; Miracle — child's size 5T,child's shoe size 13; Aliyah — child's size 3T, pull-up style diapers, child's shoe size 9; Kareem — infant size 6-9 months, child's shoe size 2; diapers.