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Neighbors Describe Chaotic Scene at Deadly House Fire

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LAS VEGAS -- A memorial has started to form in front of the home where a 4-year-old boy was killed in a fire. It is the first deadly fire death this year.

Witnesses describe a chaotic scene Tuesday at the house, which is near Warm Springs Road and the 215 beltway.

A group of people were trying to get inside to rescue the little boy, identified as Maximiliano Ibarra-Martinez. However, the smoke and heat were too much. Once firefighters found him, it was too late.

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Omar Navichoque noticed smoke when he was driving by the neighborhood.

"We run right there, mother is right here, saying, 'help me, help me, call the cops,'" Navichoque said. "I'm very, very sad because there was nothing I could do and help him, you know. I knew he was in there."

Navichoque says he called 911. The mother and another child made it out safely. Before firefighters arrived, Navichoque says he and neighbors tried to get inside to save the little boy.

"We go ahead and try to break the door open and I kicked it twice and when I kicked it twice, immediately fumes, black smoke starts coming out so it wouldn't let us in. So then, we try to go through the back and we started breaking all the windows," Navichoque said.

He says the smoke was too overpowering. After firefighters arrived and secured the area, Navichoque shot video of the scene.

Jeremy Pelletier lives next door.

"It was so intense," Pelletier said, "The whole inside is gone. There is no more drywall. There are no more studs. It is just gone inside that house."

He says he learned late Tuesday about the boy's death.

"If I had known, when I came out here, that there was still a 4-year-old in there, I would have gone in myself," Pelletier said.

"I have a 6-year-old daughter. I wouldn't want nobody, this to happen to me or nobody else," Navichoque said. "God forbid that happened to me, I would want somebody to help me too in a situation like this."

Damage is estimated at about $100,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Efforts to educate the public in fire safety have proven to be successful, fire officials said. In 2012, there were 13 people killed in house fires. Last year, that number fell to two.

The employer of the child's father has started a fund to assist the family. Here is a link with more information.

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