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Child dies in house fire

CREATED Feb 18, 2012

Reporter: Marcelino Benito
Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet

WILLCOX, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A 3-year-old boy died on Saturday just before 6p.m. in a house fire, according to authorities.

Cochise County deputies and Willcox fire crews responded to the house fire that happened in a neighborhood near Taylor and Airport Roads. Upon arrival, deputies saw a woman approaching their vehicle screaming that her son was still inside the single wide trailer.

Deputies approached the trailer and noted that the entire east side was engulfed in flames. Deputies say they went to the west side of the trailer and broke out a window and smoke bellowed out not allowing any access to the inside of the residence.

"There was just no way to get in," said A.V Reid, assistant fire chief at Willcox Rural Fire Department. "By the time we arrived the trailer was completely gone."

Authorites say the woman advised them that she ran outside and flagged down a motorist who also tried to get inside of the home without success. Neighbors saw the horror unfold up close.

"It was bad," neighbor Juana Becerra said. "She was just screaming his name and crying the whole time."

Once the fire was extinguished, the body of 3-year-old Edward Hielo was found in the east side of the residence near the bedrooms. The woman was able to save her 4-year-old and 1-year-old sons from the fire and got them out of the house but her 3-year-old was trapped, according to authorities.

"It pretty much tears the whole department up," said A.V Reid, assistant fire chief at Willcox Rural Fire Department. "You try everything you can try, not much you can do. We just couldn't locate him."

9OYS asked firefighters how somethign like this could happen. Assistant Chief Reid said, "It's just their normal instinct to hide away from anybody. It's hard to locate them in the smoke and flames. It's just hard to find them. That's likely what happened with this one."

Westlawn Mortuary was contacted to take care of the body and the Red Cross was contacted to assist the family.

The investigation is being continued by the Fry Fire Department Fire Investigators and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.

The cause of the fire is unknown. The Red Cross will be assisting the family.

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