UPDATE: Mason City fire officials say 3-year-old Vicente Gonzalez died in the house fire on Saturday night despite his father making valiant efforts to find him.
The cause of the fire still hasn’t been determined. Investigators say there is extensive fire damage to the living room as well as smoke and heat damage to the sleeping areas.
“When we do fire prevention the statement is we work to put fires out, we work to preserve property, but when we find out or when we hear occupant inside or people trapped we work a little harder, little faster,” Tom Wollner, Assistant Fire Marshall with Mason City Fire Department said.
Officials say there were no smoke detectors in the home.
Statement from mother to KIMT:
“He was a huge ray of light. Very helpful wanted to always help. On the go always. Loved outdoors. Very funny lil man. Full of laughs!! ”
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MASON CITY, Iowa – Mason City police say a child passed away in a house fire on Saturday night.
Around 11 p.m. Saturday, Mason City police and Fire Department responded to a call that a house was on fire. They responded to 118 13th St. NE. The neighbor called it in and was trying to alert the residents in the home. The neighbor reportedly beat on the door to alert the family.
Police say the house was fully engulfed when they arrived. Firefighters were able to put out the flames by 3 a.m.
The name of the young child who died police say has not been released — family is still being notified.
The State Fire Marshal was on scene looking to investigate come daylight.
This is the third person who has died in a fire this year in Mason City.