Two Die in Early Morning Jonesboro Fire

JUNE 8, 2004 - Posted at 7:17 a.m. CDT, updated at 4:27 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - An early-morning housefire in Jonesboro has tragically claimed the life of a mother and her two-year-old son.

At approximately 3 o'clock this morning, a fire broke out at 338 North Fisher Street.  One person, identifed as Alejandra Martinez, was able to escape the burning home and avoid injuries.  Ricardo Espinoza was asleep in a rear bedroom in the home.  Authorities say his mother, 22-year-old Patricia Martinez, attempted to save him, but both ended up getting trapped inside the burning structure.

The origin of the fire is not clear at this point, and Jonesboro Fire Marshall Leonard Jadrich says the cause of the blaze is still being investigated.  "As of now, the fire is still under investigation, and fire officials aren't sure when the investigation will be complete," said Jadrich.

(News Assignment Manager Randy Myers, Chief Photographer Laura Gunter and staff reporter Lauren Payne all contributed to this report.)