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Compton area fire that killed 3-year-old blamed on electrical problem

October 7, 2011 | 10:31 pm

A fire that tore through a house near Compton, leaving a 3-year-old boy dead, was caused by an electrical problem and has been classified as accidental, authorities have announced.

Ivan Boggs was found outside the bathroom of the two-story home in the 800 block of East Lennon Street after the Thursday blaze. He was unconscious and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

His 38-year mother suffered minor injuries trying to save him, investigators said. She later escaped through a second-floor balcony.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Don Kunitomi said late Friday evening that the electrical problem could have been a short circuit or bad wiring.

The mother was "very upset and despondent," authorities said.


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Photo: Scene of Thursday's fire near Compton. Credit: KTLA-TV