But Shields didn’t notice.
Once the pan and its contents grew hot enough, it ignited and spread to numerous items piled near the stove, according to Londonderry fire Chief Kevin McCaffrie.
DeRienzo said Shields has two other sons, both under the age of 7. They are now staying with a relative. Shields has a fourth child who lives elsewhere, her mother said.
“I really have to watch out for them now,” DeRienzo said. “The kids were all so close and now we are trying to get the kids back to normal.”
Funeral arrangements had not been finalized as of yesterday afternoon, she said.
“It’s just a tragic loss,” DeRienzo said. “We’re just trying to cope and make sense of it all right now.”