Nassau County

‘I don’t understand it:’ Family distraught after mother, 2 children die in fire in Hilliard

HILLIARD, Fla. — A mother and her two children died in a fire at their home early Thursday morning, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office said.

Nassau County Fire Rescue and the State Fire Marshal responded to the fire on Jane Lane in Hilliard around 3:30 a.m.


NCSO said investigators found that the mother and her two children, ages 11 and 7, had died in the fire.

Family and friends were gathering Thursday afternoon, waiting to go onto the property where their loved ones died.

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Action News Jax’s Josh Navarro spoke with the mother’s uncle, Mitchell Tanner, who said his niece was disabled and loved her children very much. He said he’s distraught and asking how something like this could happen.

“I want to know how all three of them, none of them, even got up or anything. And it’s, like I said, it’s a brand new trailer; not even three years old. How does it burn, to the frame, before the fire department or anything can get here? I don’t understand it. I’m lost, I’m hurt,” Tanner said.

The State Fire Marshal is still investigating the cause of the fire and more information will be released when it becomes available, deputies said.

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