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House fire in Bartonville, 4-year-old boy dead

BARTONVILLE, Ill. - A child is dead after a massive house fire on Tuesday afternoon at 312 Buena Vista St in Bartonville.

The fire started just before noon. 

4-year-old John Bankes III was trapped inside the home. His father was outside when the fire started and tried to go back in to save his son, but could not get to him. 

The boy was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m. and his father was treated for burn injuries at a local hospital. 

Witnesses say they initially saw the fire near the front of the house, blocking the exit.

According to autopsy results, the 4 year-old died from smoke inhalation.

No word yet on how the fire started. 

A GoFundMe account was made to help raise money for the father to buy clothes and toiletries. 


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