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3-year-old dies in Christmas Eve house fire in Craig

Jim Patterson
Craig Daily Press
A house fire in the Meadows subdivision in Craig claimed the life of a 3-year-old child Monday, Dec. 24.
Doug Slaight for Craig Fire Rescue/courtesy

A house fire in the Meadows subdivision in Craig claimed the life of a 3-year-old child Monday, Dec. 24. (Photo by 

CRAIG — A 3-year-old child died in a Christmas Eve fire at a residence in the Meadows subdivision on the west side of Craig.

Officers were dispatched to the scene shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, Craig Police Department Capt. Bill Leonard said.

“They were informed that there was a child still inside,” Leonard said. “They attempted several times to get in and were pushed back at every attempt and could not get to the room where the child was. So we lost a child this morning.”

The child’s name is being withheld pending notification of the family.

A firefighter sustained minor injuries while attempting to reach the child but was treated at the scene, Leonard said.

Leonard said the cause of the fire is not known, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation will complete an arson investigation, as is required in fatal fires.

“We’re waiting on a fire investigator out of Denver we’ve asked to assist from CBI,” Leonard said. “So we’re just going to maintain the scene until he arrives to investigate the cause of the fire.”

Red Cross has been activated to help provide support to the family. Community Budget Center Director Karen Brown will act as the local contact person for donations, which can be dropped off at the center beginning Wednesday, Dec. 26. Brown can be reached at 970-824-7898.

In addition to the Craig Police Department, Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Memorial Regional Health, the Moffat County HazMat team and Yampa Valley Electric Association responded to the scene.

This story is from CraigDailyPress.com


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