MURRAY (ABC4 News) A house fire in Murray has claimed the life of a 7-year-old girl and her grandmother. Investigators are now trying to figure out what caused it.
It happened Monday morning at 700 West Anderson Ave.
Fire crews say the flames spread quickly and access into the home was difficult; a child and a grandmother were unable to get out.
The two victims were identified as 7-year-old Cassidy Jackson and her grandmother, 53-year-old Lisa Wiley.
The call came shortly after 7:30 a.m. as crews struggled to put out the flames. Neighbors watched helplessly. The child’s mother and uncle were the only ones able to escape.
The fire investigation had this portion of 700 West near 5720 South in Murray blocked off for hours.
Fire crews said brush, trees and a lot of property inside the home made it difficult to save lives.
“It’s basically a firefighter’s worst nightmare,” said Chad Pascua, Assistant Fire Chief for Murray City Fire Department. “When we have conditions like that it makes it very hard to put the fire out quickly.”
Wiley had lived in the home since 2002. Cassidy attended Viewmont Elementary School just a few hundred feet away from where she died.
“Cassidy was my baby girl…her and my son were like best friends…and I’m still trying to figure out how I’m gonna tell my 8-year-old son that his 7-year-old cousin is gone,” said AJ Wilkie, cousin of Lia Wiley.
A GoFundMe has been set up on behalf of the Wiley family.