Do Charcoal Lives Matter Too?

by on 30/11/15 at 5:34 am

Fire fighters had to dismantle the fireplace to remove the body. Hays says he'll rebuild and make it wider.

Fire fighters had to dismantle the fireplace to remove the body. Hays says he’ll rebuild and make it wider.

Jones' mother Shaquisha Johnson says he was a 'good boy trying to turn his life around.'

Jones’ mother Shaquisha Johnson says he was a ‘good boy trying to turn his life around.’


Jones (right) wasn't seen since Thanksgiving dinner and friends became worried when he didn't return home.

Jones (right) hadn’t been seen since Thanksgiving dinner and brother Shaddrack (center) became worried when he didn’t return home in time for the Judge Judy Show.

Fresno County, CA – (satireworld.com)

A suspected burglar who became stuck in the chimney of a Central California home died of burns and smoke inhalation after the home’s elderly owner lit a fire in the fireplace, fire officials said Sunday.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the deceased suspect as 21-year-old Antwanne Delbert Jones, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe Jones climbed in the chimney sometime Friday night to rob the home in the small city of Portview but became stuck. He was in the chimney for almost 24 hours by the time the male homeowner, Robert Hayes, age 87, came home and lit a fire in the fireplace just before 3 p.m. Saturday.

Hays heard Jones screaming from inside the chimney and tried to put the fire out, causing the house to fill up with smoke, the fire investigator reported. According to Hayes, he used ‘just a little bit of gasoline and some really dry lighter pine wood’ to start the fire which is the home’s sole source of heat.

The sheriff’s office said firefighters responded to the home and dismantled the chimney, but were too late to save Jones who was reported to be ‘on the wrong side of crisp.’ It was not immediately clear whether he had a prior criminal record or whether it really mattered at this point.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Leonard ‘Smokey’ Stover said the home suffered smoke damage in addition to the dismantled chimney, but added that they saved Jones’ baseball cap and blue hoodie.

Hays says he’ll rebuild the brick chimney and will place a small sign near the hearth to remind him to yell up the chimney first before lighting a match.



One Response to “Do Charcoal Lives Matter Too?”

  1. Philbert of Macadamia

    Nov 30th, 2015

    #BLACKLIVESMATTER has been changed to #NOTALLBLACKLIVESMATTER

    The name change is predicated on the fact that only White people killing Black people or White police officers killing Black felons matter! It seems 10 to 20 Black on Black homicides are committed on a weekend in Chicago IL, Baltimore MD, St. Louis MO. etal doesn’t matter and are off limits to Black protestors, Black rioters and the mainstream liberal media!

    For example, a nine year old Black child was assassinated in Chicago IL by a Black man, but there were not any protests in the streets or demands for justice!

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