|Death: ||Dec. 13, 2011|
JONETTE CHACON, 19, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. She was a high school senior at Anthis Career Center and was in the Army Reserves. A member of Fan Of Fire Ministry in Columbia City, she loved her family; her fiancé, Carson Tubbs; the military; sports; and music. Surviving are her parents, John Chacon and Monica Duckett of Ossian; brothers, Emmanuel Chacon and Michael Duckett, both of Fort Wayne; sisters, Irene Chacon, Christina (Derrick) Sanders, Lisa Chacon and Monique Holzapfel all of Fort Wayne and Valarie Holzapfel of Bluffton. Service is 2 p.m. Monday at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Avenue with visitation one hour prior. Cornelio R. Chacon Sr. officiating. Visitation also from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family c/o her parents. * * * * *
FORT WAYNE – Carson W. Tubbs II and Jonette N. Chacon had plans for a life together.
They wanted to get married at Lakeside Park in Fort Wayne. Light pink and black would have been their wedding colors.
They were both in the Army Reserve. They wanted to become full-time soldiers and serve overseas together.
But a house fire early Tuesday put all this in the past tense.
Tubbs, 20, and Chacon, 19, both died from smoke inhalation.
The two had gone to Norwell High School in Ossian. Tubbs graduated in 2009, but Chacon had transferred to Anthis Career Center in Fort Wayne. She was on track to graduate in January, said Tubbs' 17-year-old sister, Hadley.
"She was a really great person to know. She definitely helped me through a lot," said Hadley, a close friend of Chacon's since sixth grade. "Everybody loved her."
Tubbs' mother, Tina Snodgrass, 43, said her son had been a military police officer and was studying emergency medicine at IPFW.
"He was a fantastic kid. He always had a smile on his face," she said. "He had a lot of goals and aspirations in life."
Chacon and Tubbs lived with his mother and sister at 4114 Robinwood Drive. His mother and sister survived the fire that swept through the one-story house, near East Rudisill and South Anthony boulevards.
Snodgrass said she awoke early Tuesday, smelled smoke and saw flames behind the Christmas tree. She got an extinguisher from the laundry room. But in the dark, smoke-filled house, she could not find the pin to pull to activate the extinguisher, she said.
"The smoke and the flames were so high, and I was hollering for Carson," Snodgrass said. "And he was hollering for me."
Snodgrass said her daughter got out through the back door, went to the side of the house and, pounding with her fists, she tried to break a window to the room that her brother and Chacon shared.
"She couldn't bang on it hard enough," Snodgrass said.
Police officers eventually arrived, and they used their batons to bust the window. Meanwhile, Snodgrass and her daughter were sent across the street.
"I just remember hollering for him, and he wouldn't answer me," Tubbs' mother said.
Firefighters had been dispatched at 3:37 a.m., and when they arrived four minutes later, Chacon and Tubbs were still in the house. The young couple were pronounced dead at the scene at 3:52 a.m. Their deaths were ruled accidental. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Snodgrass said there was a working smoke detector in the house. "My landlord was faithful about checking and changing the batteries," she said.
For the time being, Snodgrass and her daughter, who were not injured in the blaze, are staying with Snodgrass' fiancé in Bluffton.
On Wednesday, Tubbs and Chacon, who had been dating almost a year and hadn't set a wedding date, were remembered for the things they loved. For Chacon, that included Christmas music, makeup and her tattoo of her late grandmother's name around her wrist, said her mother, Monica Duckett, 49.
"She was a very loving person," Duckett said of her daughter. "She would help people in need, anybody who needed it."
Tubbs loved sushi, singing, acting and working on cars.
"I just want everybody to know what a good boy he was," his mom said.
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Last updated: Tue. Dec. 13, 2011 - 04:25 pm EST
Investigators look for clues to the fatal fire that claimed the lives of two people early Tuesday morning at 4114 Robinwood Drive. By Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel
Fire investigators look for clues to the fatal fire that claimed the lives of two people early Tuesday morning at 4114 Robinwood. By Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel
UPDATED: Identities released of two killed in house fire
The identities have been released of the two people killed early Tuesday morning in a house fire.
According to a news release from the Allen County Coroner's Office, Carson W. Tubbs, 20, and Jonette N. Chacon, 19, died of asphyxia due to smoke inhalation as a result of the blaze at 4114 Robinwood Drive. Their deaths have been ruled accidental.
According to Stacey Fleming, a spokeswoman for the Fort Wayne Fire Department, a woman woke up to the smell of smoke around 3:37 a.m. and called 911 after she and her daughter evacuated from their residence at 4114 Robinwood Drive.
Upon arrival, firefighters discovered heavy smoke and fire coming from the structure and were told two more people -- the woman's son and his fiancee -- were still inside the house. Firefighters entered the residence and located Tubbs and Chacon, but both were pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators believe there was no working smoke detector in the home at the time of the fire, and the fire likely started started near a wall, behind a Christmas tree. One firefighter was injured in the blaze to the two-story home, which was brought under control at 4:09 a.m.
The siding on the house was warped and buckled, and most of the windows were broken out. Small piles of debris lay nearby. The siding on the house to the north was melted, attesting to the heat of the blaze.
The incident remains under investigation.
House fire kills 2 in Fort Wayne
Dominic Adams | The Journal Gazette
Last updated: December 13, 2011 1:46 pm.
Two people died in an early morning house fire Tuesday on the city's southeast side.
Firefighters responded to 4114 Robinwood Drive at 3:41 a.m. to heavy smoke and fire coming from the home, the Fort Wayne Fire Department said in a statement.
A woman and her daughter evacuated from the home and called 911, the statement said.
Fire crews entered the home and found a 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman inside, the statement said. Both died at the scene.
Firefighters found a fire near the wall behind the Christmas tree of the one-story home, and said it took them about a half-hour to get the fire under control.
"The investigation is ongoing, and we hope to determine a cause within the next few days," said Stacey Fleming, fire department spokeswoman.
She said the fire did not appear suspicious in nature.
Fleming said the Allen County Coroner's Office would release the identities of the two people who died in the fire. The fire department written statement said the two were engaged.
There was heavy fire, water and smoke damage to the home, the statement said.
Investigators believe there was not a working smoke detector in the home. The cause remains under investigation.
A firefighter sustained a minor injury at the scene, Fleming said.
A woman living across the street from the home said residents in the neighborhood are a tight-knit group. She said she woke up early Tuesday but that the fire was already out.
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