UPDATED: Outpouring of compassion prompted by deadly fire
UPDATED 4:45 P.M. WEDNESDAY
The cause of a mobile home fire early Tuesday morning that took the lives of a mother and her two young children will be listed as undetermined, and the Wallburg fire chief said the investigation is considered closed.
Kelly Stacy, her 8-year-old daughter Kailee and 3-year-old son Zackery died in the fire that fully engulfed and destroyed the family’s residence at K&T mobile home park off N.C. 109 near Wallburg Elementary School. The father of the family, Blake Stacy, was injured in the fire and taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for treatment.
Stacy has been discharged from the medical center, a hospital spokesman told The High Point Enterprise on Wednesday afternoon.
Fire Chief Mark Reid said investigators aren’t ruling out the possibility of an overloaded circuit as the cause of the fire, which started in the kitchen area of the mobile home.
“There were some heaters in the trailer, but it’s not specific that’s what may have overloaded the circuits,” Reid said. “We think it’s a totally accidental fire.”
The tragedy has inspired an overwhelming show of support from people in and around the town of about 3,000 people in the northeastern tip of Davidson County. Here are just some of the examples:
• Friends of Kelly Stacy, through the Facebook page group Deal Monkey, will collect money for the family and its funeral expenses from 3:30-6 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of 11 Acres Flea Market at 825 Julian Ave. in Thomasville. Marsha Barley of Wallburg set up Deal Monkey a year ago as a site where people can sell new or used clothing or merchandise, like an online yard sale or auction. Proceeds also may be used to help Blake Stacy, who lost virtually all of his possessions in the fire, Barley said.
• Members of the Wallburg Girls Scouts, in which Kailee was a girl in a Brownie troop, and Wallburg Baptist Church will hold a hot dog benefit from 3-6 p.m. Saturday at the church at 5341 Wallburg Road. Proceeds will go toward a burial fund for the family and other assistance for the family. Anyone who can’t attend the benefit Saturday can make donations through the church, said Christy Carmichael of Wallburg, an organizer of the benefit.
Also, from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at Wallburg Town Hall, the Wallburg Girl Scouts will hold a fundraiser for the family, said Kena Henley, the junior Girl Scout leader. The Town Hall is on N.C. 109 near the intersection with Wallburg-High Point Road.
Girl Scouts will be making and selling swap pins in the shape of bugs because Kailee’s nickname was "Bug," Henley said.
• Anyone who wants to offer support to the family can stop by Tangles Hair Salon at 400 Randolph St. in Thomasville. Kelly Stacy was friends with stylists and customers at the salon.
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The community surrounding the town of Wallburg is in mourning after a mobile home fire early Tuesday killed a mother and her two children and left the father of the family suffering severe burns.
Authorities say the fire started around 2 a.m. Tuesday at the home in the K&T mobile home park off N.C. 109 near Wallburg Elementary School in the town at the tip of northeastern Davidson County.
Authorities on Tuesday afternoon weren’t releasing the names of the victims. But a friend of the family — Kimberly Embry of Thomasville — verified that Kelly Stacy, her 3-year-old son Zackery and 8-year-old daughter Kailee died in the blaze. The fire charred the mobile home and left it gutted.
The father, Blake Stacy, was injured by the flames and taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for treatment. He was in good condition Tuesday afternoon, a hospital spokesman said.
“Words can’t describe what a tragedy it is for any lives to be lost in any kind of fire, let alone small children and a mother,” said Wallburg Mayor Allen Todd. “Our heart goes out to the folks. Words just aren’t comfort enough in a situation like this.”
Embry, who knew Kelly Stacy for most of her life, said she was a caring, stay-at-home mother who was kind to people and devoted to her children. The family just celebrated their daughter’s birthday, Embry told The High Point Enterprise.
“We’re all just in a state of shock about it,” Embry said. “Kelly was just a very sweet person, always had a smile on her face. No matter what the circumstances were, she was always thinking about other people.”
Kelly Stacy, who was 32, was a regular customer at the Tangles Hair Salon in Thomasville where Embry works. She always brightened the atmosphere at the salon when she visited, Embry said.
Wallburg Fire Department Chief Mark Reid said the cause of the fire has been ruled as undetermined.
“The point of origin was the kitchen area of the trailer, and we can’t rule out maybe an overloaded circuit in the trailer,” Reid said.
The mother and her two children were pronounced dead at the scene. When firefighters arrived at the mobile home park, the fire was fully involved, Reid said.
Todd, who didn’t know the family, went to the scene at lunchtime Tuesday. He said the tragedy will resonate with those who live in the town with a population of about 3,000 people.
“I’m always one that tries to find something positive in a situation, but I can’t find anything positive in this at all,” Todd said.
The mayor, who has lived in Wallburg more than 50 years, said the fire represents one of the most devastating tragedies during his time here.
Todd said that he and other people in Wallburg are left relying on their faith to comprehend how a mother and her two children could lose their lives in such an awful fashion.
“You just put your faith in God,” the mayor said. “That’s where it all comes back to. Some things we’re not supposed to understand.”
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Support for the family
Anyone who wants to offer support to the family who lost a mother and her two young children in a fire early Tuesday morning in Wallburg can stop by Tangles Hair Salon at 400 Randolph St. in Thomasville. For more information call the salon at 472-7797.