Boy, 3, killed in house fire

March 20, 2009 6:49:38 AM PDT
A 3-year-old boy is dead after a fire swept through his family's home in the Rio Grande Valley town of Palmview. Family members identified the child as Rodolfo Tijerina. Family members tried to rescue the child after the fire broke out about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, but were forced back by intense heat and smoke. His aunt, Yadira Rodriguez, tells The Monitor of McAllen that Rodolfo was hiding under a bed and held out his arms and cried for help as she and her mother vainly attempted his rescue.

The cause of the fire hasn't been determined.

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