4-year-old boy dies in house fire outside Brush in Morgan County

3 adults, second child escape flames

BRUSH, Colo. - A 4-year-old boy died in a house fire northeast of Brush in Morgan County on Sunday.

Someone called 911 shortly after 6:30 p.m. to report that a child, Andrew Clemons, was trapped in the basement of the burning home, according to Jim Crone with the Morgan County Sheriff's Office.

When the Brush Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 30133 Highway 6 there was heavy fire, smoke and heat in the basement.

Firefighters found Andrew in a bedroom in the basement but it was too late to save him.

The boy's mother, a 5-year-old sibling, grandmother and aunt were in the house when the fire broke out, but they managed to escape, Crone stated. No one else was hurt.

The spokesman from Brush said the fire appeared to have started in the basement. He said there was nothing suspicious about the fire and no criminal activity is suspected, but the child's death is still under investigation.

"The family is devastated," family friend Brandi McCabe told 7NEWS.

The house was severely damaged and the family is staying with friends. 

"No clothes or other property was recovered so the family will need clothing, toiletries and other items for the short term," Crone said in a statement.

Anyone wishing to help can e-mail jcrone@co.morgan.co.us with inquiries or items to donate. 

"The 5-year-old boy wears a size 6 shirt (not sure about pant size) and he could use some toys, stuffed animals, books and other comfort items (he did tell me he likes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!)" Crone stated.

Other emergency responders included the Hillrose Fire Departments, Morgan County Ambulance Service, Colorado State Patrol, North Colorado Medevac, Xcel Energy, Morgan County Coroner's Office, and Morgan County Victim Services.

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