Toddler dies in Madisonville house fire


MADISONVILLE, Ky (WEHT) Madisonville Police say a 2-year-old has died in a house fire. It happened Sunday night around 8:00 on Meadowlark Lane.

The Hopkins County Coroner says Calvin Lynn Colson died from smoke inhalation.

Madisonville firefighters say it started just after 8:30 last night here at the house, where the two-year-old and two other children were home at the time.

“I heard what sounded like fireworks going off,” said L’Wanda Ford, who lives next door. It wasn’t fireworks she heard next door last night, it was the start of the house fire.

“It was all coming from the back part of the house. It was bad,” she recalled. “There was a lot of smoke. I came outside here on the front porch, and it was so bad, I had to come back in.”

Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Mayfield says flames were coming out of the back of the house when firefighters arrived. A 12-year-old was able to get her 5-year-old sibling out.

“She said, all of a sudden, like, a wall of smoke just hit her, and she was, I think, in the living room, close to the front door where the 5-year-old was and they were able to get out safely,” Mayfield said, recalling what the 12-year-old told fire investigators. But they couldn’t reach Calvin because of the smoke. Asst. Chief Mayfield says the mother left the home to go to a store a few minutes before it started. Another child playing on a nearby trampoline was the first to call 911. Four firefighters were taken to the hospital, three of them treated for heat related issues. Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield says an autopsy showed smoke inhalation as the cause of death for Calvin.

“It’s sad, especially when kids are involved. It’s a sad situation,” Ford said.

Kentucky State Fire Marshals are investigating the cause. While it’s still undetermined at this time, Asst. Chief Mayfield does tell us early signs point to it being accidental. 

(This story was originally published on June 21, 2021)

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