Son: "My Mother Was A Sweet Woman" - WRBL

Son: "My Mother Was A Sweet Woman"

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Flashing lights lit up Ninth Avenue Friday night as authorities shut down the road to battle a home engulfed in flames.

"My mother didn't make it out of the house and my brother was taken to the hospital in critical condition at the time," said Bill Parker, who's mom died in the fire.

Parker's brother Ricky, and his wife, lived with the elderly mother at the home. She has been identified as Elizabeth Parker. Family members tell News 5 the fire started in the rear of the home just before 9 p.m. Friday evening.

Elizabeth was 83 years old. She would've turned 84 in just a few weeks on July 25th. She lived on Ninth Avenue for nearly 50 years. She was a loving mother and a caring neighbor.

"My mother was very much loved, she was a sweet woman. She raised 5 kids and even though she ruled us kids with an iron fist we all loved her and my youngest brother Ricky was living with her and taking care of her," said her son.

Ricky was rushed to USA Medical Center for burns and smoke inhalation.

"He's got some burns around his neck and his arms, his hands, but the burns are not severe. The severe thing was the breathing, he inhaled a lot of smoke and they've got him on a ventilator," said Parker.

Family members tell News 5 Ricky is improving as of Saturday evening.

The family plans to open an account at Wells Fargo Bank on Monday. They say they're in need of donations to help pay for funeral and medical expenses.

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