Ripley County Coroner Mike Jackson says a Doniphan man suffered burns to his upper body as he tried to save his toddler son from their burning home Friday afternoon, but the child and his mother died in the fire. About 4 p.m. Friday, the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a single story home on fire. A neighbor called in the fire. A firefighter retired from Sikeston who happened to be living real close, Tommy Conn saw smoke. Fire chief of the Current River Volunteer Fire Department, Mike Wicklund Jr. says Conn saw a man, identified as Michael Payne, in the front window, and on fire trying to get his son out of the home. The baby didn’t make it. The mother was in the back room, trying to get through, and didn’t make it. She perished in a hallway. Killed in the fire were Payne’s 23-year-old wife, Valerie, and their 15-month-old son, Eli. Wicklund said Payne suffered second- and third-degree burns. He was taken to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center for treatment. The fire is being investigated by the sheriff’s department, coroner’s office and the state fire marshal’s office. Anyone who can help the family with donations is asked to call Wicklund at (573) 776-4009.