Robert Ferrell died attempting to save Michelle A. Ferrell from burning, Jobstown, New Jersey, February 27, 2008. Ferrell, 53, was in a second-floor bedroom of her 2.5-story house after fire broke out at the rear of the first floor at night. Her son, Robert, 14, student, escaped the house, from his first-floor bedroom, as did her daughter and another son. Realizing that his mother had not exited the house, Robert told his sister that he was going back inside for her. Dense smoke issued from the front door as Robert entered the structure and proceeded upstairs. Police officers who arrived shortly attempted to gain entry but were forced out by deteriorating conditions. Firefighters removed Ferrell and Robert from the second floor. Both had died of smoke inhalation.
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