A Forsyth County woman and her adult son were killed in a fire Wednesday at the Jonestown Trailer Park in western Winston-Salem.
Fire officials have yet to release the name of the victims, but a relative at the scene identified them as Betty Roberts, and her son, Bruce Roberts.
Jackie Piner, Betty Roberts’ son-in-law, said both were disabled and lived together in the mobile home. Betty Roberts was in her 80s and had lived at the park for about 40 years, he said. Bruce Roberts, who dealt with problems with his back and hips, was in his 50s, Piner said.
The fire started shortly before noon at the mobile-home park at 4754 Kirk Road, said Battalion Chief Craig Williams of the Winston-Salem Fire Department.
The fire damaged two mobile homes at Lot 1 and Lot 2, and a nearby car and van. The car was completely burned. Piner said the car belonged to the Roberts’ family. The van, which belonged to a neighbor, was partially damaged. There appeared to be smoke damage to the neighbor’s screened-in porch.
Investigators are trying to determine how the fire started, Williams said.
Piner said he was headed to Bermuda Run and saw flashing lights, but figured it was an ambulance. Later, his wife, who is Betty Roberts’ daughter, called him. One of the neighbors at the mobile-home park had called her about the fire.
When he got to the park around 3 p.m., the fire was out, he said.
He said his wife called her mother just about every morning to make sure she took her medications.
Piner said he and his wife had talked to Betty Roberts recently about spending Christmas together at Roberts’ home.
He said his mother-in-law was looking forward to it.
“She was just tickled,” he said.
“It’s hard to believe. It’s strange. Both of them are gone at the same time.”