Daughter blames fatal fire on landlord's inaction - WSMV News 4

Daughter blames fatal fire on landlord's inaction

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The teenage children of a woman who died in a mobile home fire on Thanksgiving morning said the landlord had been told about electrical problems but had not fixed them.

Jennifer Snowe and her boyfriend Erik Godwin died in an early-morning fire at their home on Highway 46 in Stewart County.

Leigh Crews-Mills is the daughter of Jennifer Snowe, the woman who died. She is also the  sister of the three teenage boys who suffered burns in the fire. The boys have been released from the hospital.

Crews-Mills said her mother had complained for at least a year about electrical problems with mobile home; something was wrong with the breaker box, she said.

"Mom was trying to get the landlord to fix it and he really didn't show any concern to fix it," Crews-Mills told Channel 4.

Crews-Mills said the heat didn't work, so the family was using four space heaters, and she said there were no smoke detectors.

"They had planned on moving at the first of the month," she said.

Their mother had just bought a car the day before so they could move, her children said. The car was destroyed in the fire.

Channel 4 tried to reach the owner of the property, but our messages were not returned by our deadline. Investigators haven't released an official cause of the fire.

"Keep your family close, cause I promise you, when things like this happen, your family is all you have," Crews-Mills said.

The family is trying to raise money to bury their mother and to buy clothes and school supplies for the boys. An account has been set up at First Citizens National Bank in the name of the Crews family benefit fund.

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