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Cumberland woman hurt trying to pull son from burning home

Posted December 22, 2014

— An 8-year-old boy remained in critical condition Monday after a weekend fire destroyed his Fayetteville home.

Three adults and three children, who range in age from 2 to 16, were inside the Selma Drive home Sunday morning when the fire started.

Authorities said Shericka Creighton managed to escape but then suffered cuts and minor burns when she went back inside the burning house to save her son, Tavares Hollingsworth. She and other family members weren't able to get him out before firefighters arrived.

"Family members were here (acting) frantically, of course, and we were having to keep them from trying to get back in windows," said Tracy Smith, deputy chief of Pearce's Mill Fire Department. "We had two firefighters gain entry into two bedroom windows, and fortunately enough, we were able to find the young man."

Tavares suffered burns to the lower part of his body and was taken to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Irene Giddens, who lives across the street, said she broke down when she saw flames and smoke shooting through the roof and out the windows of the home.

"Anytime something happens like that, it’s bad, but around the holidays, it’s tough," Giddens said.

Investigators haven't yet determined the cause of the fire, which Smith said might have started in the living room.

Family members told firefighters there were smoke detectors in the house, but investigators said Monday they hadn't located any.


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  • 678devilish Dec 22, 2014

    This always happen around the holidays for some reason. People be careful in all that you do. I hope all will be well in the days ahead.

  • Claytonmomof2 Dec 22, 2014

    What a scary, scary thing. Prayers for the little boy. So glad everyone made it out alive. I hope they have family nearby...

  • Obama-in-2016 Dec 22, 2014

    Terrible :( I hope that little boy makes it. Thoughts and prayers!