Toddler killed in Madisonville fire

Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 10:02 AM CDT
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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WFIE) - Madisonville Police say a two year old was killed in a fire.

It happened Sunday night in the Meadowlark Subdivision off Anton Road.

The coroner says the little boy, Calvin Lynn Colson, died of smoke inhalation.

Officials say a 12-year-old and a five-year-old were also in the home when the fire broke out, but they make it out safely.

They say their parents had just left about five minutes prior.

Officials say a neighbor boy was out jumping on a trampoline, saw the smoke, and called 911.

“I was nervous and shaky,” said Gaige Leslie, one of the neighbors out on the trampoline.

Leslie said the smoke was getting more thick and black by the second.

“I got up to see what it was, and I could see the actual fire through the window,” he said.

Leslie said he and his friend were banging on the windows to let the family know they were in trouble.

“We went up to the front and started yelling her name to get out,” he said.

Fire crews responded minutes later.

They were able to pull three kids out of the home, ages 12, 5 and 2. Officials say the 2-year-old, Calvin Colson, died from smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

“Our preliminary investigation has been undetermined at this time, so they’ll look into some interviews and stuff and see if they can gather any other information, but at this time it’s undetermined,” said Madisonville Fire Assistant Chief Jeff Mayfield.

Leslie says he’s proud of himself for helping but mostly gives the credit to his friend.

“He says he’s proud of himself too. He’s the one that called 911,” Leslie said.

We’re told four firefighters were hurt - three for smoke and dehydration and one with a muscle strain. All have been treated and released.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

A two-year-old boy died in a Madisonville fire
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