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Child Found Dead in House Fire

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LAS VEGAS -- A boy was found dead in a house fire near Oakey Boulevard and Fremont Street.

Las Vegas Fire spokesman Tim Szymanski said two brothers were playing with fireworks in a vacant house in the 2300 block of Howard Drive. The other boy, around 9 or 10 years old was found alive and taken to a hospital.

Fire investigators said four boys were using a vacant home as a playground running in and out while setting off fireworks. According to Szymanski, when the fire started, one of the boys, threw something they found in the home on the fire which caused it to flare up.

"That's not something a child should be playing with, someone should have stepped up to the plate and confiscated them or called authorities," Szymanski said.

Jessica Londono lives nearby and said her daughter would play with the two boys involved in the fire.

"It's pretty sad to come home and the next thing you know, your kids are not around," Londono said. "They're great kids and the one who passed away was a very quiet little boy."

The people who lived in this house had just moved out yesterday as fire investigators said the unsecured home was an open invitation for trouble.

"You've got to watch your kids and you need to know where they are at," Szymanski said.

The blaze started about 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The cause of the fire is was ruled accidental. The fire caused $75,000 in damage. 


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