Five Children, One Aspiring Fireman, Perish in Arizona House Fire During Dad’s Christmas Shopping

Four siblings aged 2, 5, 13, and 4, along with their 11-year-old cousin, tragically lost their lives in a devastating house fire in Bullhead City, Arizona., who was visiting their duplex on Saturday evening. 

The Bullhead City Police Department reported that the fire originated in the downstairs foyer, quickly spreading upstairs, trapping all five children in an upstairs bedroom.

The tragedy unfolded when the children’s father, identified as John Jones, left them home alone to go Christmas shopping.

The fire department was alerted after approximately 2.5 hours, with no survivors found. The victims, including Zane Michael Jones, 5, Elias, 2, Freya, 4, and an 11-year-old cousin, Henry Lewis, were all present in the home during the blaze.

Heartbreaking social media tributes by family members revealed the devastating loss. Nicole Renae Husko, Zane’s mother, shared the tragic details, expressing Zane’s dream of becoming a firefighter like his grandfather.

The victims were grandchildren of a Bullhead City Fire Department employee, adding an extra layer of sorrow to the community.

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Local Fire Department Recuse from Investigation

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Four siblings aged 2, 5, 13, and 4, along with their 11-year-old cousin, tragically lost their lives in a devastating house fire in Bullhead City, Arizona.

Tanya Jones, the grandmother, confirmed the deaths on Facebook, expressing profound devastation.

The local fire department, due to the familial connection, will not be involved in the investigation. 

Instead, the Lake Havasu City Fire Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives will assist the police. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be revealed.

Neighbors witnessed the fire and attempted to intervene, breaking windows and even trying to enter the home. Despite their efforts, the tragedy unfolded rapidly. 

A vigil to honor the victims is scheduled for 6 p.m. local time on Wednesday in Bullhead City’s Rotary Park, as the community grapples with the devastating loss. 

Police Chief Robert Trebes emphasized the ongoing investigation’s importance in providing answers and closure to the victims’ loved ones.

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