MALONE - The condition of the 19-year-old Malone man injured in Tuesdays fatal house fire worsened from serious to critical on Thursday.
Jared Smith sustained severe burns to his hands, face, throat and lungs when his home at 20 South St. caught fire in the early morning.
The one thing hes got going for him is hes 19 and healthy, his father, Kevin Smith, said. He took one step back today but he could take two steps forward tomorrow.
According to the elder Smith, his son has been on life support to help him breathe since being airlifted to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington on Tuesday.
Doctors attempted to take Jared Smith off the machine Wednesday night but failed, he said. Over the night he also suffered a collapsed lung.
It is a wrench in the medical teams initial hopes that Jared Smith might be returned to his fathers home by Monday next week, but the family remains hopeful.
Jared Smiths mother, Pamela Taylor, 45, did not escape the fire on Tuesday. Her body was discovered in her second-floor bedroom and autopsy results concluded she died from smoke inhalation.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later through the Bruso-Desnoyers Funeral Service Inc. of Malone.
Officials have not yet released a cause for the fire, although Malone Village Police Chief Chris Premo said Wednesday that there appears to be no foul play.
The family has received no further information beyond rumors, Kevin Smith said.
Ms. Taylors boyfriend, Vernon Rivers, 39, also escaped the burning building. He was treated at the Alice Hyde Medical Center for smoke inhalation and burns to his hands and legs.
His mother and sister, both named Linda Rivers, are trying to collect clothes for Vernon Rivers, as well as Jared Smith and his twin brother, Jordan. They lost everything in the blaze.
Their sizes are as follows: Vernon Rivers is a size 34-32 with large shirts, Jared Smith is a size 32-32 with medium shirts, and Jordan Smith is a size 28-30 with medium shirts.
Donations can be brought to Vernon Rivers mothers home at 325 Record Road in West Chazy. People can also call her at 518-493-3068 so she or Vernon Rivers can pick things up.
Anything would help, please, said his sister.
The younger Linda Rivers also confirmed on Wednesday that Vernon Rivers and Taylor had been in the process of buying the South Street home together.