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More Details Released Day After House Fire Kills Boy

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LAS VEGAS -- On the day after a deadly fire where an 7-year-old boy died and his older brother suffered burns, more information is coming out about why the boys were in the vacant home.

On a sidewalk near the burned home is a memorial with candles and pictures of two smiling boys. The Thursday afternoon fire claimed the life of the younger brother, Jacob West, who could not escape the flames.

The brothers were playing with two other boys. Tim Szymanski with the Las Vegas Fire Department said the four boys had some fireworks and were lighting them in the vacant home. When the fireworks turned to flames, one of the boys picked up a bucket with liquid and threw it on the fire, hoping to extinguish it, but the unknown liquid caused the fire to flare up.

Szymanski said, the older brother, a 10-year-old was burned and ran from the home. Two boys took refuge in a neighbor's yard, but 7-year-old West didn't make it out of the home.

Neighbor Raymundo Ramirez described what the frantic older brother told his mother.

"He said, that the other one, instead of getting out over here, went inside and then he was lost and 'I didn't see him again.'"

The older brother remains hospitalized. Metro Police are calling the fire accidental and are not charging the parents.

Fire department officials say they won't know where the fireworks came from until the boy's condition improves and they can talk to them.

The family who lived in the vacant home had only moved out the day before. City of Las Vegas officials say vacant homes are generally not a problem and typically boarded up quickly once they are reported.


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