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Mother and son die in mobile home fire

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By Alice Du Pont

 An early morning mobile home fire claimed the lives of 39-year-old Francisca Calderon and her 10-year-old son, Ervan Calderon, Tuesday. Quincy Fire Department responded to a call at 1:52 a.m. regarding a structure fire. When they arrived the structure was fully engulfed, according to a report released by the Quincy Fire Department.
    Both victims were found inside the home once the fire was extinguished. Francisca Calderon was found in the north bedroom and Ervan, a student at George W. Munroe Elementary School, was found in the south bedroom.
    Miguel Calderon and the couple's 12-year-old daughter were able to escape the blaze and both were taken to the hospital where they were treated and released.
    Edwin Aguluiar heard a popping sound outside early Tuesday morning that woke him up. Thinking someone might be bothering his car he got up and looked out of the window. Seeing nothing he returned to bed.
    That's when he saw the distinctive glow he recognized.
    "I knew it was a house on fire because it was he same kind of light in the sky as it was when that house over there burned about this same time last year," he said pointing to the burned out shell of a structure next door to 501 Woodberry Road, just outside of the Quincy city limits.
    Aguluiar said Francisca told Miguel to "save my children." He was able to get out of the couple's bedroom at the north end of the house, go outside, and around to the children's bedroom window.
    "He couldn't go through the house because the fire was in the middle. He had to go out and come around. He was able to get the little girl out and he kept telling his son to come one and the little boy was saying 'I'm coming' but he couldn't get out," Aguluiar said.
    Throughout the day neighbors and friends came to the mobile home in almost a steady stream. Some standing near the street starring at the burned out shell while other walked around wiping away tears.
    "She was my friend," was all one woman managed to say as she walked around the mobile home remnants.
    Chief Howard Smith said the cause of the fire is still under investigation but there is the possibility it was electrical.