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Bayfield toddler dies in trailer fire
1/27/2009 By: Times staff report
Funeral services will be held Thursday for a Bayfield toddler who died on Monday, Jan. 25.
An obituary appears below.
Fifteen-month-old Jonathan Jones died in a fire Monday morning at the family’s single wide mobile home on La Plata Road in Bayfield.
Firefighters were unable to reach him, even though the trailer is just behind Upper Pine Fire Station 1 on Clover Drive. An on duty firefighter spotted the fire before the 911 call came in, according to Deputy Chief Randy Larson.
“We actually saw it first prior to any 911 call,” he said. “One of our firefighters went out back doing routine station matters and saw fire and smoke coming out of the windows.”
The trailer already was “heavily involved” then, he said. Firefighters arrived there at 8:47 a.m.,
Parents Richard and Rosalee Jones and two other children were home when the fire happened. Richard suffered minor injuries trying to rescue Jonathan before firefighters arrived, Larson said.
He said Tuesday morning that the fire was being investigated by the Bayfield Marshal’s Office with assistance from the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office and fire investigators from Los Pinos Fire District and Durango Fire & Rescue.
Those departments provided mutual aid to 15 Upper Pine firefighters and two officers.
Larson said he expects results of the investigation by the end of this week.
According to Pastor Ray Wallace at the Bayfield Church of Christ, where the Jones family worships, the family lost all their physical belongings as well as their child.
An aid fund has been set up by the church. Checks may be made out to the Bayfield Church of Christ – Jones Family Fund. They can be mailed to the church at PO Box 320, Bayfield CO 81122 or then deposits may be made in person at Pine River Valley Bank.
Obituary for Jonathan Paul Jones
Jonathan Paul Jones died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, in Bayfield. He was 15 months old.
Jonathan was born October 2, 2008, in Durango, the son of Richard and Rosalee Jones. The family said that Jonathan loved dancing and playing with his brothers. His family loved him dearly and will miss his smile.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Brian Ray Bell. He is survived by his parents Richard and Rosalee Jones of Bayfield, brothers Michael and Brian Jones of Bayfield, and brother Richard Earl Randle of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sister Kianna LaShay Randle of Oklahoma City; grandparents Ed and Angela Westbrook of Ignacio; and Phillip and Orvilon Harding of Oklahoma City; great-grandparents John and Lydia Montgomery of Bayfield; great-great-grandmother Donna Montgomery of Salt Lake City, Utah; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 28, 2010, at the Bayfield Church of Christ, with Pastor Ray Wallace officiating.
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