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4-year-old boy dies in house fire in unincorporated area near Compton

October 6, 2011 |  6:47 pm

 Two Children Die in House Fire in Compton
The Los Angeles County Fire Department says that only one child, a 4-year-old boy, has died in a house fire that broke out Thursday afternoon in an unincorporated area near Compton.

The first fire units to arrive reported that two children were dead in the blaze that tore through the two-story home in the 800 block of East Lennon Street, Capt. Mark Savage said.

"There was miscommunication between our units at the scene and our dispatch," Savage told The Times.

Firefighters found the boy inside the badly burned home and began administering CPR. The child was taken to a nearby hospital, where he pronounced dead, Savage said.

It was unclear Thursday evening whether any adults were home when the fire broke out. "We don't have any information on who was home or was not home," Savage said.

The cause of the blaze was being investigated by the Fire Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The blaze was reported at 4:30 p.m., and the first fire engine arrived on scene five minutes later to see smoke and flames coming from the home, officials said.  The fire was knocked down at 5:11 p.m.

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