A man who is now living through the unimaginable said his wife would have done anything to save his son's life.
Lisa and Timmy Hewitt were killed in a blaze at their Washington County home late Sunday night. Timothy Hewitt said he spoke to his wife as she was trapped in a second floor bedroom.
Firefighters said they were called to the scene on Wigington Street in Buffalo Township just before midnight.
Officials said victim Lisa Hewitt, 27, called 911 and told dispatchers that she and her son, Timothy Hewitt Jr., 5, were trapped on the second floor of the home. Dispatchers said the call then dropped out.
When firefighters arrived, the first floor was fully engulfed in flames.
“When I arrived, we didn’t know where the child was. We found the child huddled beneath his mother,” Coroner Tim Warco said.
Officials said the woman’s husband and the boy’s father, Tim Hewitt, was working and arrived shortly after firefighters.
Hewitt told Channel 11’s Cara Sapida that his wife called him and told him that she and their son were trapped.
“She called me screaming hysterically that she was stuck, and I heard my son screaming the same thing. Then the phone went dead,” Tim Hewitt said.
Tim Hewitt said he’s not sure why his wife and son were unable to escape the blaze.
“I don’t know if she was being overwhelmed by smoke or heat. We talked about how to get out if anything ever happened, but she never left the bedroom,” Hewitt said. “She would give her life for (our son). I know she would do anything in her power.”
Neighbors said they stood helpless while Tim Hewitt screamed his wife and son’s names.
“I went around the house. The dad was screaming, ‘Lisa! Timmy!’ The windows blew out of the baby’s window and here comes the flames. Can’t believe it was happening,” Lisa Hewitt’s brother Ed Medlen said.
So far, there is no word on what may have caused the blaze. Officials said the fire does not appear suspicious.
The fire marshal told Sapida that the Hewitt family was renting the home.
A fund has been established to help the family with funeral costs. Donations can be made at any Community Bank in Washington County under Tim Hewitt's name.
Bondy reported that Timothy Hewitt Jr. was the second member of the kindergarten class at Claysville Elementary to die this year.
Taylor Stout, 5, died just more than a month ago when the car her mother was driving went off the road and over a hill.
Emily Dale’s son rides Hewitt Jr.’s bus, and said she can’t imagine the grief the students and staff are going through.
“To have two kids in your class die just seems horrific. I have no idea how, bless that poor teacher, is going to cope,” Dale said.