BREAKING: Fire Kills Jackson Teen
JACKSON, Tenn. – Jackson police say 17-year-old sophomore, Tyrone “Bubba” Sterling, was killed in a house fire at 11:50 P.M., Friday. Wilma Jones says she made the 911 call and watched in horror as her young neighbors life was cut short before her eyes. “It was a fireman. I don’t know who he was, but he is a hero because he went back in there and he didn’t come out until he had him,” Jones said. Jackson police say sterling was the only one inside the Carolane Drive duplex. Firefighters say Bubba, who played as center for JCM football, was found unresponsive in the bathroom, and was taken to Jackson General Hospital where he later died of smoke inhalation. “Soon as he got to that doorway, they immediately started working on him, and they got him on the stretcher, and they got him there,” Jones said. “Then, we got the call back that he was no longer with us.” Friends and family of the victim say he had dreams of playing football at the University of Mississippi, but now that he’s gone, those dreams are shattered, and their neighborhood will never be the same. “He was the sweetest boy. He was manner-able. He called me Mom,” Jones said. “It’s like when Bubba came around, everybody had smiles on their faces, smiles from ear to ear,” JCM football player Keeunan Williams said. Since the victim died while he was home alone, police will notify the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. Sterling’s body will be sent to the state medical examiners office for an autopsy. The investigation determined the fire was accidental and not suspicious. The exact cause remains under investigation.