Montgomery County Fatal House Fire

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A tragedy no parent should ever have to go through.  A 3-year-old boy is dead after an Friday night house fire in Montgomery County.

“The mom and the 3-year old had just moved in to the travel trailer 2-3 days ago,” said Scott Burlin, Assistant Fire Marshal in Montgomery County.

The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office says the mother was next door visiting friends after her son, believed to be Dakota Myers, and Dakota’s 10-year-old cousin went to bed.

The 10-year-old boy was sleeping in another room when he awoke and found a fire near where Dakota had been sleeping.

The 10-year-old was able to escape to blaze. Sadly, Dakota couldn’t.

“When firefighters arrived, the travel trailer was fully engulfed. Several attempts were made not only by firefighters, but by family and friends to get in the travel trailer, but not successful,” said Burlin.

The Fire Marshal’s Office says the 10-year-old and another adult were treated for smoke inhalation. There’s no word yet on what caused the fire, though firefighters say it doesn’t appear the home had working smoke detectors.

In a county that usually sees 3-6 fire deaths a year; this was the first fire death of 2012.