WALCOTT, Iowa — A 2-year-old has died after a mobile home fire in Walcott, Iowa early Monday morning, according to the Walcott Police Department.
At about 2:38 a.m. on Nov. 14, the Scott Emergency Communication Center received a report of a structure fire in the Walcott Estates mobile home park.
A family of seven; two parents and five children, was inside the home at the time.
"They called us yesterday morning at 2:30 in the morning, that the house was on fire. We jumped up, threw on some clothes. Not everybody even got some shoes on and hopped in the car and we got out there as fast as we could," Patricia Carlton, an aunt to the family's children, told News 8.
Walcott and Blue Grass Fire Departments were able to respond quickly and extinguish the blaze.
"When we first got there, when we first pulled up they said (the child) was still inside the house,'" Carlton said. "They were trying to get him out and the fire department was trying to put the fire out. But he didn't make it out."
The parents and four children were able to make it out of the home, but when responders went inside to investigate, they found one of the kids, a 2-year-old boy, deceased in a back room.
Later, Carlton created a GoFundMe page to help support the family in this time of dire need.
"We made it for the funeral arrangements for (the child) and if there was anything left over, it's gonna go for getting them back on their feet in another place and restocking all this stuff back up for the kids since they don't have no clothing or bedding," said Carlton.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The home was deemed a complete loss.
Besides the GoFundMe page, the family is taking donations of clothing and other items. Carlson is also accepting donations through Cashapp at the username $Mommyof4babys.
Walcott Estates is also accepting donations of money, clothing and household items for the family Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its front office.
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