Fatal Fire Caused by Children Playing With Matches

By: AP
By: AP

Adams County investigators say a fire that killed a two-year-old boy was started by children playing with matches.

Officials also identified the boy as Xavier Joseph Candelaria. Xavier, who neighbors say was known as "Joe Joe", died in last Thursday's fire. His mother Cynthia Trujillo suffered burns trying to rescue him.

Investigators say Joe Joe broke away from his mother's grip as she was trying to get her four children out of the house.

They think that he was trying to get to the basement, where he usually went when he was frightened.


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