Mother killed in house fire remembered as caregiver

Mother killed in house fire remembered as caregiver

LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - The family of a Lexington woman killed in a house fire on Saturday is speaking out for the first time.

The Lexington County coroner identified the 64-year-old woman as Maria Addy-Starino. She died in the fire at her home on Dickert Drive Saturday morning.

Two family members were able to escape and now Starino's son is speaking out about losing his mother.

"I saw them put the white blanket on my mom and then they came and told us," Eban Starino said.

Remembering his mother's last moments, Starino said, "The last thing my mom did was push her out of the window so that she would be okay and my mom, she just couldn't get out."

He explained Ada and Maria were trapped inside a bathroom that morning after they awoke to the smell of fire. Starino said they were able to break the window and Ada was able to escape but for his mother, it was too late.

Maria Starino was a nurse at Lexington Medical Center for more than 20 years.

Still in mourning, Eban wants his mother to be remembered as the caregiver she was.

"My mom was a giver. She never, she wouldn't even when I offered stuff she wouldn't take it," he said. "Mom was just so selfless and cared about everybody, everybody else."

A family friend has raised more than $3,500 on a gofundme page.

"I am just so appreciative, I'm just I'm trying to do everything that I can for my dad and Ada," said Starino.

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