Saturday, December 29, 2012
Authorities have identified the woman and child who were killed Thursday as 51 year-old Luz Maria Conejo and 2 year-old Pablo Antonio Coca-Conejo.
The mother and child died from smoke inhalation after the fire broke out in the living room of the home. The fire's cause is still under investigation. However, authorities say it does appear to be accidental.
UPDATE: Friday, December 28, 2012
A neighbor to the woman and toddler killed in a Dodge City house fire Thursday is still trying to come to grips with what happened.
"I'm just; I'm just speechless," Jessica Faulkner told KAKE News Friday.
She said she is still in shock over the deaths of the 51-year-old woman and her 2-year-old grandson.
"They were a very sweet family," Faulkner said. "They were always open. They are the sweetest family you would ever meet."
Six people were inside when the fire started, Dodge City Fire Chief Kevin Norton said. The woman and her husband lived in the house near 2nd and Commanche with their three adult daughters and the grandson.
Faulkner described a hectic scene as firefighters arrived just after 11 a.m. Thursday. Four family members had made it outside. The woman and the boy were still in the house.
"All she (one of the daughters) wanted to do was go in and get her mom, but there was no way to get in there," Faulkner said.
Chief Norton said the fire started when an extension cord connected to a space heater and running behind a couch got too hot.
"Never use extension cords to power something that is going to be running for a long period of time," he said. "Make sure it's plugged into the wall."
Norton said the man who lived at the home works overnight and the family of six was asleep when the fire started. The house had no smoke detectors, he said.
He said the death of the woman and child are a sad reminder of the importance of smoke detectors.
"If you are asleep when the fire starts, you probably will not wake up," Norton said. "So that's why it's very important to have working smoke detectors in your house."
Friday, December 28, 2012
A woman and child are dead after a house fire Thursday morning in Dodge City.
The fire started around 11 a.m. Thursday morning at a home in the 1700 block of N. 2nd in Dodge City. An off-duty police officer reported seeing smoke coming from the home and called 911.
Approximately 15 Dodge City firefighters responded, with aid from Ford County.
Six people were inside, but only four made it out of the home. An adult woman and a 2-year-old boy were killed. Their identities have not been released.
Investigators believe the fire started in the living room of the home. The cause remains under investigation, but it has been ruled accidental. The home is a total loss.
Above photos courtesy of Abigail Wilson / Dodge City Daily Globe