BRUSH, Colo. (CBS4) – A house fire in Morgan County took the life of a 4-year-old boy Sunday evening.
It happened just off Interstate 76 in the town of Brush which is about 90 miles northeast of Denver.
The boy’s mother, grandmother, aunt and 5-year-old sibling were able to make it out, but 4-year-old Andrew Clemons was trapped inside a basement bedroom.
David Martin, who works for the sheriff’s office, is also a volunteer firefighter and responded to the call.
“It came in as a structure fire with a 4-year-old child that was possibly trapped inside,” Martin said.
Martin said it only took crews about eight minutes to arrive on scene but said it was eight minutes too late.
“There was a lot of heat, a lot of fire. We did everything we could,” Martin said.
Investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire but have said nothing about it looking suspicious.
Brandi McCabe Is a friend of the boy’s mother. She said Andrew was like family.
“He was a very sweet, caring, soft spoken little boy,” McCabe said. “I loved him to death, very, very much.”
Friends of the Clemons family will be holding a candle light vigil Tuesday night a 8 p.m. at the park in Brush. Bring your own candles.
A family friend is collecting donations to support the victims.