- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 3-year-old boy has died in a fire at a Sioux City home.

Nicholas Torres died of smoke inhalation Friday night, Fire Marshal Mark Aesoph said at a news conference Monday. Torres’ parents were outside on a back porch at their home when the fire broke out.

Firefighters arrived and found the structure engulfed in flames, but they could not immediately enter the home due to the intensity and size of the fire, according to the Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/1OlyCaW). Officials said the child was found in the living room, where they believe the fire started.

Aesoph said both parents sustained burns in their unsuccessful attempt to save their son. They were treated at a hospital and later released

It was the first fire-related death in Sioux City since August 2013, and Aesoph said the past few days have been difficult for all those involved.

“These are times when the (firefighters) really rely on each other. It’s not something you really wanna discuss with your family or people outside of your business,” he said. “This is the worst part of our jobs when we have to respond to something like this.”

According to authorities, the home did not have any working smoke alarms.

An investigation is ongoing to determine what caused the fire, which Aesoph called especially intense.

“This was one of the most severely fire-damaged homes I’ve personally ever seen here in Sioux City,” he said.


Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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