MOSCOW MILLS — There wasn’t a person who knew Jaxon Noble Parks, 7, and didn’t love him, Jaxon’s family said on Saturday.
“He was the best kid you could ask for,” father Devin Parks said through tears, hours after Jaxon was killed at his grandmother’s mobile home in Moscow Mills in a fire that also injured four other family members.
Jaxon, a second-grade student at Peine Ridge Elementary School in Wentzville, loved comic books, superheroes and sports, especially baseball, Parks said. Jaxon’s mother wanted to sign him up for baseball next year, Parks said.
Dozens of people who knew Jaxon, even when he was in preschool, called Parks on Saturday to share memories of the boy who made them all smile, Parks said.
“Jaxon just knew everybody and was everybody’s friend,” he said.
Parks’ girlfriend Danielle Deane said Jaxon was full of joy.
“He was one of the sweetest kids,” she said.
The fire broke out in the early morning hours on Saturday at the mobile home of Devin Parks’ mother, in the 100 block of Blue Bunting Circle.
There were 10 people inside the mobile home, authorities said.
Parks got out before firefighters arrived and ran into the burning home multiple times to rescue family members, including two other children, Deane said.
Firefighters arrived shortly before 2 a.m., found the trailer engulfed in flames, and started a search for Jaxon. His body was found inside the house.
Emergency responders had to hold Parks down to keep him from reentering the burning home to look for his son, Deane said.
“He did everything he could,” she said. “He didn’t hesitate. He would’ve died in there to save us. If he wasn’t there, I don’t know if any one of us would have made it.”
Four were taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, and some remained there Saturday night.
Parks and Deane are staying with relatives.
The family lost everything in the fire, Deane said.
“We don’t even have shoes on our feet,” she said.
Crews from the Lincoln County Fire Protection District and the Lincoln County Ambulance District along with officials from Wentzville, Winfield-Foley, Old Monroe and Wright City all assisted during the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s office.