Bullhead City House Fire Leaves 5 Children Dead

The bodies of five children were found in an upstairs bedroom of their Bullhead City, AZ duplex after a fire that began in the foyer enveloped the only staircase preventing their escape. The eldest child, 13, was babysitting his siblings, ages 2, 4, 5, and his 11-year-old cousin when the blaze began just before 5 p.m. on December 16. They were the only ones inside their home on Anna Circle.

The fire departments of Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City have been working with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigators and their accelerant detection caniine to determine how the fire started.

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A dozen neighbors who saw the flames used garden hoses to try to douse them and broke windows to try and gain entry. They also placed an extension ladder to the window of the upstairs bedroom. One of the men said they were shouting and never heard any replies.

It is unclear how long the fire had been going before emergency responders were called. But once they arrived, they quickly brought the blaze under control. Emily Fromelt, a spokesperson for both the Bullhead City Police Department and Bullhead City Fire District, provided local media with the following timeline:

  • 4:54 p.m.: Dispatch received a call of a structure fire on Anna Circle.
  • 4:59 p.m.: Bullhead City Fire Units arrived at the scene.
  • Less than a minute later, there was water on the fire, Fromelt said.
  • 5:01 p.m.: Water supply was established from the fire hydrant.
  • 5:03 p.m.: The main body of the fire was extinguished
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