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02/06/07-Sulphur Springs

Child Killed In House Fire, Mother Hospitalized

Family says there was just no way to save three-year old Cayden West as flames roared through their Sulphur Springs home Sunday morning.

Cayden's parents Mike and Beth West both were hurt trying to get everyone out.  Beth is still in a Dallas hospital, recovering from burns.

The home was in the 200 block of Morris Drive, just off Interstate 30 in Sulphur Springs.

The family tells us the support of community is what they need most.

"Cayden was very energetic, and loved to play and loved his brothers and sisters," says aunt Belinda Morgan.

The bright eyes of a three-year-old Cayden are now captured in time, in photographs.

"He loved to wrestle with his brothers and sister.  He loved to watch TV and tear things up, like a normal 3-year-old." she remembers.

Cayden's big brother, Casey, little sister Mikayla, and Cayden's twin, Connor play with toys donated by the people of Sulphur Springs.  Belinda says they all understand what's happened. Though why the fire started isn't known yet.

"Beth had woken up -- the alarm clock had woke her up -- so she could get up and be with the kids, and Beth seemed the flames. She woke Mike up, they found two of the kids and got them out the window," Beth says.

Mike tried to go in a side door but couldn't get in. Beth ran through the fire inside.

"She didn't have any shoes on and went through the house, there was fire, and it burnt her feet."

Beth was taken to Parkland in Dallas, but she's expected to be released this week.  

"When your house is gone, there's a little bit of everything that you can use, you know?" says Hopkins County Salvation Army's Jo Marie Neal. 

Behind the smile, Belinda says Cayden's twin Connor accepts what's happened to his brother nicknamed "bubba", as much as he can.

"It's hard, and he says I'm not Cayden, Bubba burned in fire. We try to tell him that Bubba didn't burn in fire, but Jesus saw that he was in trouble and he came and helped him, and that's what we tell him."

Funeral services are pending, and the family had no renters' insurance for their home.  You can help by giving to the West Family Tragedy Fund in the name of Mike and Beth West at the Alliance Bank in Sulphur Springs.  The phone number is (903) 885-2187.

Reported by Morgan Palmer

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