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Coroner identifies boy who died in house fire near Compton

October 7, 2011 | 10:51 am

House fire near Compton Oct 6 2011
A 3-year-old boy who died when his home near Compton caught fire was identified Friday as Ivan Buggs.

Ivan was killed Thursday afternoon in the 800 block of E. Lennon Street.

His age was initially reported as 4, but Asst. Chief L.A. County Coroner Ed Winter said the boy would have turned 4 shortly after Christmas.

His 38-year-old mother, who police said attempted to rescue him, suffered minor injuries.

His death has been classified as "suspicious," and the investigation has been taken over by homicide detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Ivan's mother escaped from a second-floor balcony as flames tore through the home.

She told investigators she was resting on the second floor with her son when she smelled smoke, said Lt. Mark Rossen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.


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Photo: A fire truck sits outside a house that caught fire near Compton. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times