The child who died in a house fire Monday has been identified as Jonathan Jones, the 15-month-old son of Richard and
Rosalee Jones of Bayfield.
Jonathan was a typical toddler who enjoyed playing with toys, singing and dancing, his father said Tuesday during a
He's just a fun-loving kid," Mr. Jones said. We're doing OK, about as best as can be expected."
The Joneses were home about 8:45 a.m. when they heard a small explosion and a fast-moving fire, Mr. Jones said. The
mother and father evacuated two of their children, but they couldn't get to Jonathan, he said.
Mr. Jones broke his hand in three places trying to re-enter the home.
We don't know how it happened; we don't know what started it," he said Tuesday. It was kind of like a small
explosion, and then all of a sudden, the house was up in flames."
The fire was reported about 8:45 a.m. in a mobile home on La Plata Road, off U.S. Highway 160B in Bayfield. A member of
the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District noticed the fire while working at Station No. 1, about 50 feet away from
the trailer that caught fire.
Firefighters attempted a rescue, but they were unable to save the child.
The Rev. Ray Wallace, of the Bayfield Church of Christ, where the family worships, said the Joneses are a struggling
blue-collar family" coming to grips with what happened.
Mr. Jones, a construction worker, was blaming himself Monday for failing to save the child, Wallace said.
The father is really struggling," he said. The firefighters have been telling him, 'There's nothing you could have
done. It spread so fast.'"
In a news release from the Bayfield Church of Christ, the family expressed gratitude to the Bayfield fire department,the Red Cross and others who helped.
Your outpouring of love and your sharing of our grief will always be a blessed reminder of the cherished community of
Bayfield," the news release says.
The family lost all its physical belongings in the fire. Richard and Rosalee Jones have two other sons, 2½ and 5 years