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23 Month Old Dies in Gallatin County Fire
GALLATIN COUNTY, Ky. (Paula Toti) -- A toddler dies in a fire as several people desperately try to make their way inside to save him.
The boy was sleeping when the fire started. The pictures of the mobile home are hard to look at when you consider what happened inside. There is nothing left of the place. A mother who escaped through a window couldn't get to her toddler and others couldn't pry their way in from the outside.
Just before 3p.m., smoke was starting to pour out of the mobile home.
"When I seen the smoke come out of the house I asked anyone was in the house and called 911. Tried to gain entry but smoke overcome me."
Thomas Beach was driving in the area on his way to a cousin's home for firewood. His call to 911 actually came after the mother's call. She has also tried to make it down the hall of the home.
"Even the father of the child was trying to get in... unfortunately unsuccessful in the tragedy."
And minutes after Beach was trying to get into the home the Gallatin County Sheriff and Deputies tried to get inside the home.
"Threw back the door, pulling the siding off to get in the house. It was so hot we couldn't make our way into the house."
There was an older boy in the home that did make it out safely.
Thomas Beach is actually training to be a fire fighter. He says the Glencoe and Warsaw fire departments were on the scene within minutes of his call. But again, the fire was just too intense. His wife, who was watching the whole thing, said this tragedy brings back memories for their own family. She lost two young cousins in a fire. She says she normally has teddy bears in her car and plans to go back to the home with one tomorrow.
The cause of the fire has not been determined. The victims are staying with family tonight.
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