Neighbor: Airlifted man tried to rescue 62-year-old woman from fire

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 9, 2014 

First, Tim Delk heard the explosions. Then, he saw his neighbor — surrounded by flames.

"I heard an explosion that rocked my trailer. I went out, and my neighbor was engulfed in flames near the side of the road. I grabbed a blanket and threw it over him," Delk, a Crystal Valley Estates Mobile Home Park resident said. "He was saying, 'Put me out! I'm on fire!' I said, 'That's your skin burning, dude.'"

Delk lives near lot 224 at the 6023 Crystal Drive mobile home park, where more than 18 firefighters rushed to tackle the fatal fire at about 2:08 a.m., Thursday. Police reports describe the home as "fully engulfed" in flames.

The man Delk said he helped received first-,second- and third-degree burns on 50 percent of his body, Fire Marshal Ricky Shores said Thursday morning. According to the reports, he received severe burns to his lower body.

His wife, 62-year-old Kathy Bohanon, was found dead in the doorway of the residence.

(Bohanon, which is her legal last name, sometimes goes by Kathy Hancock, which is how she was initially identified in this story.)

"I asked him, 'Where's your wife?'" Delk said. "He said she didn't make it. He tried to carry her out."

Delk described hearing three explosions during the blaze, which he believes to be propane tanks the couple used to heat their home. He described the couple as quiet people who kept to themselves, occasionally asking for a ride to the store from their neighbors.

"They pretty much stayed to themselves, smoked cigarettes, drank beer and watched TV," Delk said.

Chief Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley pronounced Bohanon dead at 2:57 a.m.

Shores said her husband was airlifted from the Midtown Medical Center to a burn center. Shores was uncertain of the location.

Bohanon's body will be transported to Atlanta for autopsy tomorrow.

A cause for the fire has not been determined, Shores said. The incident is under investigation.

Mike Haskey contributed to this story.

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