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Family Remembers Young Man Killed in Crawford Co. Fire

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A Crawford County man is dead tonight, killed in an early morning fire.

Police say the camper trailer fire in Beaver Creek Township was accidental.

The family of 21-year-old Calvin Jones say they believe electrical cords running to the trailer from the garage sparked the fire.

Calvin's father, Marc, was awakened by someone pounding on the door of his home.

It was a sheriff's deputy who spotted the flames.

Marc looked out the window said he couldn't believe what he saw when he saw the trailer.

"I went out there and came back in and grabbed some clothes, grabbed some tools to pull the metal off of the trailer cause it already fell down, pancaked on him, and I was trying to dig, just to try to find him, 'cause I knew he was in there," Calvin's father, Marc Jones, recounts.

A father, going to any length, to save his only son.

"I couldn't find him by looking where he would have been."

Calvin's body was discovered hours later in the burned debris. His family says he was found in his bed, where they believe he had fallen asleep.

"I don't think God would have made him go through the pain. The smoke probably helped got him. I would think if he was awake he would have made it out the trailer, it's just a little trailer," Marc explains. 

That trailer served as Calvin's getaway from the home he shared with his father Marc, Marc's girlfriend Denise, and Denise's 9-year old granddaughters.

It was where he escaped with his TV, laptop, and radio.

Calvin had spent the day cleaning the trailer, and wanted to spend the evening there.

"I took him out there a little electric heater, I said you cannot over-run all this stuff at one time," a reminder his father says, he wishes his son would have listened to more carefully.

"He's always been the one I've been worried about, you always worry about your kids."

Calvin's family is now relying on memories, and leaning on one another to remember a young man who loved animals, and spending time with his niece and nephew.

"He had a big heart, I know he loved his family and his friends. He's always been really close to me. I feel very lucky because I had 21 years, you know? But it doesn't make missing him any easier though."

Marc says it's hard having the trailer as a constant reminder right outside their home, and he isn't sure when he'll be able to bring himself to remove it.