- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Tacoma investigators say a house fire that killed a 3-year-old boy has been ruled accidental.

Tacoma Fire spokesman Joe Meinecke says investigators couldn’t determine the exact cause of the May 25 blaze that killed Nehemiah Bonds and injured his mother.

The two were napping inside the home before the fire broke out that afternoon.

The News Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/tjdqJC ) that according to fire officials, the mother awoke to smoke and found a couch downstairs burning. She tried to put out the flames but was forced out of the home after unsuccessfully trying to find her son.

Witnesses reported the fire overtook the home. People tried to get inside to the boy but smoke and heat prevented it.

Firefighters later found the boy’s body in an upstairs bedroom.

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Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com


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