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6/4/2020 10:47:00 AM
Fatal Fire Originated In Portable A/C Unit
Photo Courtesy of J. Rod Starkey
Photo Courtesy of J. Rod Starkey

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Fire Marshal Rodney Emmett says the final results are not yet available from the investigation of a fire that claimed the life of Reece Haskin, an East Lincoln Middle School student; but Emmett says the origin of the fire was apparently a problem in an portable air conditioner.  The autopsy report and other factors are still to be added to the report from the SBI, but Emmett says there was nothing suspicious about the fire.

"It started in the living room," he told us.  The badly burned boy was found by firefighters in his bedroom.  

The fire happened the evening of May 22nd.  Firefighters from Alexis and other departments arrived on the scene within minutes after receiving a call shortly after 8 PM.  The home was fully involved and firefighters were told that someone might still be inside.  They got him out, but he was severely burned. He was taken to Winston-Salem Baptist Hospital's Burn Center where he died on Monday following the fire.  

Popular with other students at ELMS, he had just completed the sixth grade.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Saturday (June 6th) at Forest Lawn West Funeral and Cremation Service, 4601 Freedom Dr. Charlotte. Visitation will be from 10 AM until time of service at the funeral home.

Reece is survived by his parents, Rodger Haskin and Lisa Thomas; brother, Riley Haskin; sister, Kaitlin Thomas; paternal grandmother, Virginia Haskin; maternal grandfather, Tony (Wendy) Thomas Sr.; godmother, Heather and husband Brandon O’Der, as well as Reece’s brothers in love, Devin, Kyler, and Brandon Jr.; aunt, Tonya (Dale) Harkey; and uncles, Tony Thomas Jr. and Rick (Machele) Haskin. Many others will miss him deeply, including numerous loving cousins, relatives, and friends.

Online condolences may be submitted at Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family requests that all who attend the service wear masks.

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This Sunday afternoon (June 7th) at 3 PM, a neighbor, Haley Schmidt, and others are sponsoring a truck meet at Denver Diesel & Automotive Repair, 911 Dove Court (second road to the left after Holy Spirit Catholic Church going north on business 16).  A $5 per vehicle admission fee will be charged, assorted items will be raffled and food will be sold, with proceeds going to the family.

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