Man: Autistic son died after waking family to fire

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Posted: Apr 02, 2011 7:53 PM
Man: Autistic son died after waking family to fire

The father of a 12-year-old autistic boy says his son died in a fire at the family's mobile home in southern Arizona after the child appeared confused and ran back into the house.

The man, who has not been identified, says the boy woke him early Saturday to say there was smoke in the home in Bisbee, near the U.S. southern border. The man says his family got out of the home but that the boy ran back inside.

Cochise County authorities say the boy's body was found in his bedroom, partially under the bed.

Sheriff's officials say the home was fully engulfed by the time crews arrived. They say a man and a woman were outside at the time and told firefighters the boy was still inside.