Family grieves after Gulfport woman killed in kitchen fire

Family grieves after Gulfport woman killed in kitchen fire
Gulfport Fire Chief Beyerstedt said kitchen and cooking fires are the most common kind of fire in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport family is grieving after a fire swept through a home on 42nd Ave. and claimed the life of Sandra Beverly.

First responders were unable to revive her after smoke from a kitchen fire engulfed the home overnight.

The family returned to the scene of the fire this afternoon. "Smoke got her and she didn't make it. She didn't make it,"said Archester Beverly, Sandra's husband

Beverly got his first look around his house on Monday afternoon.

Gulfport Fire Chief Michael Beyerstedt told WLOX News Now it appears the woman left something cooking and fell asleep. Firefighters were called to the home on 42nd Avenue just after 1:30 a.m. Monday morning. When they arrived flames were visible through a large window in the front of the house.

"This fire began in the kitchen, on the stove. We traced it right down to the pot that was on the stove and is melted down and caught fire. I was just explaining to the family, to the husband and son. It's a sad day and our hearts go out to the Beverly family. Our prayers are with them," according to Gulfport Fire Chief Michael Beyerstedt.

The family is in shock, praying their loved one didn't suffer too much.

"A lot of things are going through my mind that I can gather. I'm trying to keep my composure with good thoughts, like maybe she just went out without waking up and suffering," said Sandra Beverly's son, Phillip Moore.

Kitchen fires like this are far too common. Simply cooking and not paying attention can turn deadly.

"Here in Gulfport and across the country cooking fires are the number one cause of fires and that's exactly what happened here last night,"  Chief Beyerstadt said.

Sandra Beverly died of smoke inhalation. Fire and smoke damage is evident throughout the house

Archester Beverly was in the hospital at the time of the fire and was supposed to be released the day before. He wishes he would have been there when fire swept through the home.

"Lord if I would have been released yesterday this wouldn't have happened. I would have known what to do. She didn't know what to do," said Beverly, choking back tears.

Paramedics performed CPR on Sandra Beverly. She was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital.

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