Four-Year-Old Autistic Child Dies in House Fire - 8 News NOW

Four-Year-Old Autistic Child Dies in House Fire

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LAS VEGAS -- A 4-year-old autistic boy has died after being injured in a two-alarm house fire at 7921 Wichita Court, which is near Warm Springs Road and the 215 beltway.

The Clark County Fire Department has identified the young boy as Maximiliano Rene Ibarra-Martinez. The boy's mother and sister were home at the time and were able to get out of the house safely. 

Metro Police tell 8 News NOW that the child died from cardiac failure while being treated at University Medical Center. 

According to the fire department, the fire was first reported at around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday. When firefighters arrived, smoke and flames could be seen from the northwest side of the house.

Neighbors were the first to answer the calls for help, when the house went up in flames.

Homeowner David Bennett lives behind the home that caught on fire, and he was one of the first to help. 

Armed with a garden hose, Bennett and other neighbors banded together to try to save Maximiliano who was trapped inside.

"When we heard there was a child in the house, we took a board and hit the front door and it opened it up. We couldn't go in there," Bennett said. "When the mom came around, she stated she didn't know if the child was in the house or not, and she was pretty calm about it. So, it really freaked us out."

Thick smoke and huge flames were shooting from the home as neighbors tired to smash in the windows to rescue the child. They had no choice but to wait for firefighters to arrive.

When firefighters found the boy, he was unconscious and not breathing. Medical personnel rushed him to UMC, where he died a short time later.

It took responding crews about 10 minutes to put out the blaze. It was declared a two-alarm fire because of the reports that several people were trapped inside. 

Metro Police said there were at least three children in the home when the fire started. Officers will work with fire investigators to determine the cause of the fire, which is standard procedure any time there is a deadly fire.

"We're going to take a look and see, first of all, was this accidental, or was it something that was intentional. Going into these investigations, we do keep an open mind," Metro Police Lt. Ray Staiber said.

Last year, there were two fatal fires in the Clark County Fire Department's jurisdiction. That was the lowest number of fire fatalities on record. In 2012, there were 13 fire-related fatalities.

The video of the home is courtesy of the Clark County Fire Department.

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