Boy, 3, killed in house fire in Wharton

WHARTON, TX (KTRK) -- A three-year-old boy died in a house fire in Wharton Monday morning.

The state Fire Marshal's office tells us authorities were called to the 1000 block of Damon Road at 10:47am.

Alic's grandmother, Daisy Carter, says he was a high-spirited kid.

"He would wake up and say stuff like 'Grandma you're incredible,' or 'Grandma what are we going today? Oh no I don't think I want to do that. I want to see my uncle James Ray.'"

"He wouldn't miss a day of telling me 'I love you, Uncle James Ray,'" says James Greer. "The only thing on my mind going to Houston and back was hearing his voice saying I love you, Uncle James Ray. I'm always going to hear that voice."

The three-year-old was at the house with his great-grandfather, an aunt and another young cousin when the fire started.

"My daddy got him, and then he ran back in. My daddy went in there to get him again and he grabbed him. But he took away again and ran back in," Carter tells us.

Carter says family believes the fire started under a table, and that one of the children may have been playing with fire.

"It's just a freak accident. All I can say is God had His hand in it and whatever God's will, it will be done," she says.

No other serious injuries were reported. But Daisy Carter tells us her dad's eyebrows and some of his hair was singed off trying to get Alic out.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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