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Investigators reveal cause of fire that killed 5-year-old boy in Pendleton County

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Posted at 8:47 AM, Feb 12, 2022

FALMOUTH, Ky. — Investigators revealed the cause of the fire that killed a 5-year-old boy Saturday in Northern Kentucky.

A public information officer with Pendleton County Sheriff's Office said investigators determined the fire started after a stove was left on and a cabinet above the stove caught fire.

Investigators ruled the fire as an accident. No charges will be filed, officials said.

Firefighters with Falmouth Volunteer Fire Department initially received the call about the fire around 6 a.m. at a duplex on Chapel Street.

At the time of the fire, a mother and her three children were asleep when the fire broke out. The father was on his way home from work.

The mother was able to get her 8-year-old and 16-month-old baby out safely through a second-story window with help from a Falmouth police officer, a press release said.

Officials said the mother tried to rescue her 5-year-old son, but was not able to because of the intense heat and smoke.

The mother was forced to jump out the second-story window as the fire department was arriving.

The release said firefighters located the 5-year-old boy in the bedroom, but he had died from the smoke and heat.

The families being displaced by the fire are being helped by the American Red Cross.