MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) – The 3-year-old boy who died in a Muncie house fire Thursday morning has been identified. Fire officials said the cause of the deadly fire is still under investigation.
“He looked so happy all the time. He was a happy little boy,” a neighbor said of Clayton Carnes.
According to Muncie Fire Department Chief Eddie Bell, firefighters responded to the fire in the 1700 block of Daly Avenue on the south side of Muncie shortly after 9 a.m.
Carnes’ mother, Katheryn Wooten, her 14-month-old baby and boyfriend escaped the fire, according to Bell.
Carnes was found inside of the home after the flames were put out.
Paramedics said there was very little they could do to save Carnes. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It hurts, every life that we lose here. It hurts more when we are dealing with children, they have a special place in our hearts and that’s why we do so much to make sure they know what to do when there is a fire,” Chief Steve Steward said.
Bell said Wooten, her boyfriend and baby went to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
Fire crews took two minutes and 58 seconds to arrive at the scene. Muncie fire officials said their average response time is between two and four minutes.
Neighbors stood outside in their driveways and watched as firefighters dug through the rubble.
“It’s heartbreaking. I feel so sorry for the people. It’s a loss that’s hard to get over,” said neighbor Edie Fisher.
The Muncie Fire Department said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Investigators have not commented whether the fire appears suspicious.
Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler was at the scene of the fire Thursday morning, along with the fire department.