YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. -- A mother and son died when their mobile home caught fire at Five Star Trail in the Courtney community.
Irma Rangel, 40, and her son, Omar Rangel, 7, perished in the fire that happened sometime in the early morning hours of Wednesday.
Nancy Satterfield, a next door neighbor, said she woke just before 5 a.m. to find her power and phone out and Rangel's home burned down.
"I got a neighbor passing to stop," said Satterfield. "She called 911."
Fire investigators did not return calls for comment but a statement released from the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Department said the department’s investigation is being assisted by the Yadkin County Fire Marshall and agents from the NC SBI. Family of the victims say investigators told them it could be months before they know how the fire started.
Irma's husband and Omar's step-dad Hernan Mendoza said he was working in Virginia when investigators called him Wednesday morning.
"He was just a special little fella," said Satterfield, who became friends with Omar and still has a wrapped toy she had hope to give to Omar at Christmas. "I started to give it to him last week. I don't know why I didn't but then I thought it’s not Christmas yet and I wanted to surprise him. Now he's gone and I can't do it."
Satterfield described Omar, whose family moved in next door last summer, as a joyful boy who loved his dog and playing outside.
"I'm going to miss him. He's in heaven now, he's a little angel."