4-year-old boy dies in Brush house fire, four others escape

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Andrew Clemons, 4, died in a house fire in Brush on Sunday, April 20, 2014.

BRUSH, Colo. — A 4-year-old boy died Sunday night after a house caught fire in a basement, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office said.

The fire started just after 6:30 p.m. in the 30000 block of Highway 6, near the intersection with Interstate 76.

Two boys, 4 and 5, were in the basement when the fire started. The 5-year-old, their mother, aunt and grandmother were able to escape unharmed, but firefighters were unable to save the 4-year-old.

The Morgan County Coroner’s Office identified the boy as Andrew Clemmons. It was determined that he died of smoke inhalation.

The sheriff’s office returned to the home Monday morning to continue its investigation and to try to determine the cause of the fire. Foul play is not suspected.

The house was severely damaged and the family is staying with friends. The family is in need of clothing, toiletries and other items and anyone who wishes to help can email jcrone@co.morgan.co.us with inquiries or items to donate, said Jim Crone of the sheriff’s office.

“The 5-year-old boy wears a size 6 shirt (not sure about pant size) and he could use some toys, stuffed animals, books and other comfort items (he did tell me he likes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!)” Crone said.

Crone said later Monday morning the sheriff’s office has been inundated with offers for donations.

There will be a vigil for the boy at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brush City Park, 400 Clayton St.



  • Robert Gift

    So sorry.
    Boys playing with fire? As a 5-year-old I found it fascinating igniting newspaper pages from our water heater’s blue pilot light.

    SMOKE ALARMS for EARLY WARNING so you have opportunity to escape?
    Especially important in basements where our only escape is the same route poisonous smoke and hot gasses travel.

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