Woman, son died from smoke inhalation in mobile home fire

January 26, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • A copy of a photo of Jessica Cave and her son, Dominic Estevez.
by Staff Photographer/Ric Dugan

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. — A woman and her 2-year-old son who were found dead Monday night after the mobile home where they lived became engulfed in smoke and flames died from smoke inhalation, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Jessica Cave, 24, and her son, Dominic Joseph Estevez, were found in the master bedroom next to the bed on the floor, said Jesse Jones, chief of staff of the sheriff’s office.

Cave was found in a hovered position over her child as if she were trying to protect him, Jones said.

Jones reiterated Thursday that there were no signs of foul play in the fire at 41 Fifth St. in Shenandoah Junction, a small community between Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Charles Town, W.Va.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Patrick Barker said Wednesday that the cause of the fire was undetermined, but noted he had reason to believe the blaze was related to an electric baseboard heater in the living room.


Cave and her son were initially identified Tuesday as the victims by family members.

Joseph Estevez, Cave’s fiance, said Tuesday that he was working out of town when notified of what happened to his family. The couple was planning to get married soon, Estevez said.

Cave was seven months’ pregnant, according to family members and friends.

Dominic’s grandfather, Robert Estevez, said his son and future daughter-in-law were due to move to a home in Inwood, W.Va., this week.

They had rented the mobile home for about two months, according to the property manager.

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