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Fire takes life of 3-year-old Oklahoma boy

Alex Haskins, 3, died in a house fire in northeast Oklahoma, officials reported Thursday.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: September 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm •  Published: September 27, 2012

— Firefighters found the bodies of 3-year-old Alex Haskins and several of his pets after a raging fire trapped him inside his home, officials said Thursday.

“The mother couldn't get to him,” Lakemont Shores Fire Chief Richard Kauffman said. “He was found at a bedroom door's entrance.”

Jessica Haskins woke up about midnight Tuesday after smelling smoke and saw flames at her bedroom door, he said. Haskins grabbed her 4-year-old son, who was standing at the foot of her bed, put him out a window and then climbed out, Kauffman said.

The mother ran around the house to the front door, but was met with flames and smoke that prevented her from entering the house to rescue her younger son, he said.

The wooden structure was engulfed in flames by the time several Grand Lake fire departments arrived at the scene, Kauffman said.

The family had just returned from visiting a relative in the hospital, he said. The older sibling had been playing with a lighter and set a trash can on fire. After the fire was put out, the mother and son went to the bedroom and the younger son was in a separate bedroom, he said.

“We suspect, for an unknown reason the fire reignited,” Kauffman said.

The residence is in a secluded area of Lakemont Shores, which is near Disney on the south end of Grand Lake. Disney is 75 miles northeast of Tulsa in Mayes County. has disabled the comments for this article.


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