Mother dies after being badly burned trying to save son from fire

Mother dies after being badly burned trying to save son from fire
Jacob Drake. (Source: GoFundMe)
Jacob Drake. (Source: GoFundMe)

MEDINA, OH (WOIO) - Sheila Drake, the mother of the 18-year-old who was killed in a fire at a Medina apartment building, has passed away.

The fire started following an explosion at the Medina Village Apartments on Springbrook Drive around 3:15 a.m. on Feb. 9. Jacob Drake, who has cerebral palsy, was killed in the fire. Sheila, as well as Jacob's father Robert, were both badly burned trying to save him. Robert was taken to MetroHealth Hospital in critical condition, which has since been updated to fair.

Five other residents received minor injuries.

The State Fire Marshal says that the cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation, adding that they cannot eliminate the natural gas explosion that happened on the interior of the structure as the cause.

People can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. There is also a GoFundMe account set up to donate directly to the Drake family.

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