LANSFORD, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — We now know the name of the man who died in a Lansford fire on Monday.
30-year-old Jonathan Honey died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Police say he was last seen running into the burning home to try and rescue his kids.
Honey’s wife and three children are in the ICU. The community is devastated by the tragedy.
Three homes on W. Bertsch Street burned in the fire Monday night. One couple lost everything but the clothes they had on. The owner and staff of the Coal Miner’s Bar and Grill started a fundraiser for the families.
Colleen Serfass says despite losing everything, she feels grateful to be alive. But her gratitude is mixed with sorrow for the family next door.
“God bless them and I hope it all goes well with them. It was just a horrible thing, and it was horrible to stand there and watch your house burn and not be able to do anything about it,” Serfass said.
The fire started in the adjoining unit, 332 W. Bertsch. A brave neighbor describes climbing up to the second-story window to rescue one of the children trapped inside.
“The kid was just about ready to jump and as he’s jumping, I’m jumping off the front and we’re meeting just at the same time. We hit the trash bags together and I comforted his fall. I just kept him in my arms, kept him warm and walked him up to the ambulance,” neighbor Michael Ingrassia said.
All three children and their mother were taken to the hospital. Their father, Jonathan Honey never made it out of the home. The fire spread to Serfass’ unit and within seconds the entire duplex was engulfed.
“It was all black smoke. I ran out, I had nothing. This coat, someone gave me at the fire scene,” Serfass said.
Wind carried the flames to a third home.
“My coworker, she ran outside, saw just a bunch of smoke. It was awful,” Coal Miner’s Bar and Grill bartender Madison Carroll said.
Blocks away at Coal Miner’s Bar and Grill, staff said they could smell the smoke. In the wake of the tragedy, the small business is raising funds for the families who lost their homes and belongings.
“We’re also accepting clothing, personal items. Anything that people can give to help the families out in any way,” bartender/line cook Amanda Andre said.
“There are some wonderful, wonderful people in this town, they truly are. We are so blessed, that’s all I can say,” Serfass said.
Coal Miner’s Bar and Grill is donating $500 and 10 percent of their proceeds for the next week to the families involved.
“Jonathan was so kindhearted. He truly would do anything for anyone that needed something! He was an amazing father and husband, he loved his wife and children more than life itself! He loved all his nieces and nephews! Jonathan was born a twin, his twin passed away when he was 11 days old, now he is rejoined with him, and his younger brother Austin. He will forever be remembered and loved,” Jonathan’s mother, Tanya Knepper said.
The cause of the fire is undetermined. The family of Jonathan Honey started a GoFundMe page.