Couple, son die in Cloverdale mobile home fire

  • Cyndi Foreman, a Fire Prevention Officer with Central Fire Authority of Sonoma County, removes a piece of siding from a home that burned in the Briarwood Mobile Home Park in Cloverdale, California on Monday, May 6, 2013. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

A couple and their young son died early Monday morning when fire swept through a home at Briarwood Mobile Home Park in Cloverdale.

At least one neighbor reported hearing a noise "like a bomb going off" shortly before the fire was reported at 1:44 a.m.

Charles Baynes, 33, his wife Paula Baynes, 33, and their 4-year-old son, Philip, died in the fire, Cloverdale police said.

Fatal Cloverdale Mobile Home Fire


A fourth resident, Charles Baynes' mother, Connie Welch, was in Lake County visiting a daughter, neighbors said.

"It appears to be accidental in nature, we're just waiting to confirm," said Battalion Chief Rick Blackmon with Cloverdale Fire.

The home apparently didn't have working smoke detectors, Blackmon said.

Cloverdale firefighters found the family in a smoke-filled bedroom. They weren't responsive and they were pulled outside where CPR was started at 2:17 a.m.

Charles Baynes was declared dead at the scene. His wife and child were taken from the south Cloverdale home to Healdsburg Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Neighbors Monday were shocked and sickened as news of the death of the family spread quickly.

Claire Caudill, a 30-year resident of the neighborhood, said the boy, whom Caudill believed was autistic, was a "very friendly, sweet little boy."

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