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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

TOP STORY>>Toddler perishes in Lonoke trailer fire

A mobile-home fire claimed the life of a toddler in Lonoke County on Sunday.

The Lonoke Sheriff’s Office received a report of a trailer on fire around 4:30 a.m. at 6424 Mt. Tabor Road, near the intersection of South Oak Grove Road.

One man, two women and a 5-month-old baby were able to escape the mobile home alive. A 3-year-old boy died in the blaze.

One of the women was the victim’s mother. She and the other woman were burned on their wrists and hands.

The victim’s mother is a friend of the family and was staying at the home with her child.

“If anyone would like to help with monetary donations, contact the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Department,” the infant’s uncle Mike Jackson said.

The Lonoke Sheriff’s Department, the Tri-Community Fire Department and the Butlerville Fire Department responded to the fire.

The victim’s body was taken to the Arkansas State Crime Lab.

The cause of the fire was still undetermined Tuesday and the incident is under investigation.

According to the boy’s grandmother, there were smoke alarms inside the home. She lives next door to the now-destroyed trailer.

Lt. Jim Kulesa, spokesman for the Lonoke County Sheriff’s office, said the family is too upset over the loss to talk with investigators now, so they have not yet been interviewed about the cause of the fire and where the victim was at the time the blaze erupted.

Kulesa said that it is a possibility that the fire started in the kitchen, but the cause has not yet been determined. The family declined press interviews.