BLUETOWN — A 13-year-old boy died early Monday after his home went up in flames, Cameron County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Gus Reyna said.
The fire broke out about 2 a.m. at the boy’s home at 33354 Longoria St. in Bluetown where he lived with his parents and sisters, Reyna said.
The sheriff’s department received a call for help at about 2:18 a.m., Reyna added.
Some neighbors reported that they noticed an air conditioning unit making sparks, Reyna said.
“We anticipate that it could have been the a/c unit on the window that caused sparks and fire,” Reyna said.
However, the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation, Reyna said.
At the time of the fire, five people were inside the house including the dead boy’s father, mother and two sisters.
The boy’s father tried to pull his son from the house but was unsuccessful, Reyna added. The La Feria Volunteer Fire Department was also unsuccessful in removing the boy from the burning house because the blaze was too intense, Reyna said.
Justice of the Peace Rolando Muñiz declared the boy dead at the scene.
The parents and two sisters were uninjured, Reyna said.
The fire destroyed the wooden house, Reyna said, and the family is staying with nearby family members.
Reyna said that the state fire marshals will assist with the investigation.