Albemarle High School Graduate Dies In Fire

By: Whitney Holmes Email
By: Whitney Holmes Email

March 5, 2007

Monday, hundreds in Farmville are mourning the loss of two victims, who died in a house fire.

One of them was a fraternity brother at Longwood University. The other was a graduate of Albemarle High School.

"All the fraternities and sororities came together showing that they cared," said friend of the victims Carrie Taylor.

Byron Jamerson played football at Albemarle and graduated in 2003. He was staying with his best friend Ed Cunningham, a senior at Longwood, and three others at an off-campus house.

Tragedy struck shortly after five Saturday morning, when the house went up in flames.

"What we found during the search for victims were two fatalities. There were also four victims that were transported to local hospitals," stated Farmville Fire Chief Timothy McKay.

One of those four victims is the student responsible for trying to save everyone's lives.

Reports say, Tim Cocrane, a student at Longwood was out for a walk when he noticed the flames.

That is when he sprung into action.

"He had to break into the house. He got one of the guys out and the guy's girlfriend had to jump from the second story," said Taylor.

Cocrane is in stable condition at VCU Medical Center with burns to his head and hands. The three others have been treated and released.

Cocrane is being called a hero who saved three lives and tried to save two others.

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