Little boy killed, five others injured in trailer fire

August 2, 2012 3:03:42 PM PDT
A family of six was inside a trailer home on Slash Pine near Boudreaux in northwest Harris County when the fire broke out Thursday morning.

At 7:30am, the world changed for the Provost family near Tomball. A fire broke out in the mobile home where a husband and wife and their four children, ages 4 through 10, and three dogs lived. When fire swept through the mobile home, the parents and three children escaped, but then realized four-year-old Jayden Provost was still inside.

Neighbors heard a woman screaming and ran to help.

Neighbor Joe Castellese said, "A neighbor came straight to the front porch with the father and was trying to get in the front door. I went on the other side, and they were breaking windows, trying to get in the front. One of them came around breaking windows and had a fire extinguisher and was trying to spray with that. I grabbed a neighbor's hose and started spraying."

The fire department arrived quickly, but the heat inside was so intense. The family was taken to Tomball Medical Center, where Jayden was pronounced dead. The rest of the family suffered cuts and burns from trying to get back inside the home to rescue Jayden.

The family's dogs, three huskies, died in the smoke as well. All had been kept in kennel cages in the home.

Investigators say the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but the possibility of a child playing with matches is being explored.

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