Brush house fire victim ID'd as 4-year-old Andrew Clemons; no one else hurt in blaze

BRUSH, Colo. - The boy killed in a house fire near Brush on Easter was 4-year-old Andrew Clemons, family friends told 7NEWS.

Brandi McCabe said Andrew was a good boy and his mom was a good mother.

"Amanda has been like a sister to me since I moved back to this area," said McCabe. "Andrew was a very sweet, caring, soft-spoken little boy."

A photo posted on the Internet shows a happy, smiling boy posing for a photo on his uncle's Harley.

"The family is devastated," McCabe said. "I don't even know how to express my sorrow for the family."

The Morgan County Coroner's Office provided the same identification Monday.

-- House fire --

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

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

"The heat and fire inside the home was intense," said Morgan County Undersheriff and Brush volunteer firefighter Dave Martin. "And children, you know, don't always know how to think for themselves."

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

"We're all family people out here. We know everybody out here," said Martin. "Then something like this happens and it really puts life in perspective. This community is mourning. And this has been really tough on the volunteer firefighters too."

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.

Martin 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 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 visit a page set up for donations: http://ch7ne.ws/1kU1LJL

"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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