Neighbors mourn loss of couple after Sunday morning house fire in Jacksonville


JACKSONVILLE, Texas (KETK) – Family and neighbors are mourning the loss of a Jacksonville couple after their home burnt down Sunday.

“He’s been here around 20 years, I’ve been knowing him since I was a little kid,” neighbor Mike Hicks said.

Family and neighbors identified the couple as Charlie Mack Donnell and Beleshia Lane.

Mike Hicks and Chad Rogers called the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office early Sunday morning to report the fire.

“The flame came around the trailer house and I ran inside to wake him up,” Chad Rodgers said. At that point, however, the neighbors were unable to enter the home.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said they got a report of a structure fire on CR 3102, also known as Byrd Road, on Sunday. The caller told them that a mobile home was on fire and two people were inside.

Jacksonville Fire Department and Earles Chapel Volunteer Fire Department went to the scene along with Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office officials.

When they arrived, the home was fully engulfed. The local fire departments extinguished the fire and Justice of the Peace Tony Johnson conducted an inquest on scene.

The ATF and state Fire Marshal’s Office were brought in for body recovery and further investigation of the fire.

The deceased have been sent to Forensic Medical Management of Tyler for an autopsy.

The sheriff’s department said that no foul play is suspected at this time.

A GoFundMe was set up for burial expenses for Charlie Mack Donnell, and you can click the link below to donate.

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