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Community mourns loss of 7 year old in house fire

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(Mountain Grove, Mo.--01/02/17) Flames tore through a home north of mountain grove new years day leaving a seven year old dead and five others injured.

Mountain Grove's Fire Chief Mark Bushong says they are trying to determine the cause of the blaze that ignited a home in the 4000 block of Girlstown road.

Reality hits you really hard when you roll up on a scene and they say there’s somebody in the house and you look at the house and you know that survivability is just not there," explains Bushong. 

Officials say when firefighters arrived on scene, the house was already fully engulfed in flames and too dangerous for firefighters to go inside.

"When the fires out that’s when it really starts setting in that you start the search and that’s really when you start dwelling on oh my gosh there’s somebody in there."

Bushong says 7 year old Kylie Gonzales- could not be saved and perished in the fire. He adds five people were able to escape the house and were taken to a local hospital to be treated.

"You think here’s a child they’ve got their whole life ahead of them and it’s been snuffed out."

Mr Nettleton lives next door from where the blaze began. He says he awoke to the sound of a neighbor honking his horn.

"I got up to see what it was and I heard him saying he needed help so I went outside and seen the flames and just started to help," says Nettleton.

The father of three says there will be a hole in his heart as he looks across the street at his neighbors house.

"It breaks my heart, honestly does. Knowing that you probably tried to do everything you could. It’s absolutely heartbreaking.

Nettelton says while the family is struggling to make sense of the tragedy, he hopes faith can be a sense of comfort.

"In all honesty just got to show the love of Jesus Christ in the world today and help when we can and be a servant."

The community has made a GoFundMe page. You can donate here. 

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