HARRIS COUNTY, Texas A 4-year-old child died Thursday morning after a mobile home caught fire northwest of the City of Houston.
The fire was reported around 7:30 a.m. in the 8500 block of Slash Pine, according to the Harris County Fire Marshal. Klein firefighters responded to the scene.
Officials said a family of six lived in the mobile home. Chris and Hailey Provost and their other children -- Destiny, Damien and baby Piper -- were able to escape with only minor injuries.
But 4-year-old Jayden Provost didn t make it out in time.
Neighbors said they awoke to the screams of Jayden s parents as they tried to get their kids out of the burning home. The family had lived there for several years.
She was yelling she had little kids inside, and some guys from the street, they started to help them, neighbor Leticia Jauregui said.
Some of the men started breaking out the windows of the mobile home with rocks. Another neighbor grabbed a hose to battle the flames.
I was outside with the water hose, fighting the fire, Jose Castellese said. I wouldn t stop until the fireman came over, and they told me to quit.
Neighbors said he may have gone to hide in a closet out of fear when he saw the fire.
When they had the little boy in the ambulance, we was all praying, Castellese said. I feel sorry for the family. It s so sad.
Aerial views from Air 11 showed at least two dogs also died in the fire.
The exact cause of the blaze was still under investigation Thursday evening.
Our investigation is in its early stages but the evidence indicates the fire started in one of the bedrooms, said Captain James Bolton with the Harris County Fire Marshal s Office. At this time, the fire appears to be accidental in nature.
Meanwhile, friends and neighbors were grieving for the Provost family.
It s hard enough to lose a child even more one that s 4 years old, neighbor Dennis Smith said. It s tragic. It would kill me. You can do without a lot of things you can lose your car, you can lose your house, but to lose a child anything it s hard.
One of the other children who live nearby, Jose Jauregui, said he ll miss Jayden, who loved playing and riding bikes.
Now I m not gonna have anyone to play soccer with. He was like my best friend, Jose said.
Officials said the fire serves as a sad reminder for families to practice fire safety in their homes.
This tragedy marks the sixth fire-related death in unincorporated Harris County within the last 30 days, said Harris County Fire Marshal Mike Montgomery.
Montogmery urged the public to never leave matches or lighters within the reach of children, install and maintain smoke alarms, and to plan and practice a home fire drill.