Toddler dies in Sterling house fire; Colorado Bureau of Investigation asked to help investigation

STERLING, Colo. - A 2-year-old boy died Monday night in a house fire in Sterling.

A small memorial -- stuffed animals, candles and a SpongeBob SquarePants balloon -- was set on the front steps of the State Street home where young Levi Welton died.  

Sterling Fire Chief Kurt Vogel told 7NEWS that firefighters were called to the house fire at 7:30 p.m.

When firefighters arrived, they found smoke and flames coming from a bedroom window.

The mother, father and a 5-year-old boy escaped. The father suffered burns to his hands.

Vogel said when firefighters searched the room, they found two-year-old Levi in a closet without a pulse and not breathing.

The boy was taken to Sterling Regional Medical Center, but he did not survive.

Vogel said the fire was contained to one bedroom.

Vogel said the Sterling Police Department and Sterling Fire Department have requested that the Colorado Bureau of Investigation help investigate the cause of the fire.

Sterling is in northeast Colorado, about 125 miles from Denver.

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