OKLAHOMA CITY – A 7-year-old boy is dead after a fatal house fire and officials are investigating it as a homicide.
Police now say someone broke into the home front door and set fire to the home, making the case a homicide.
“We were playing with him yesterday and it’s amazing to wake up and he’s gone,” the victim’s uncle, Bernabe Reyes, said.
Reyes said the boy’s mother had gone out with a boyfriend hours before the fire and left the boy alone.
“I’m terrible, sad, I loved the kid like he was my own child,” Reyes said.
It happened just after midnight in the 2500 block of S.W. 51st St. which is between S. May and Agnew.
Neighbors called 911 when they noticed smoke coming out of the home.
By the time crews arrived, the house was on fire.
“I just saw the fire just coming out, a lot of fire, just the whole front of the house was engulfed in fire and smoke,” Jesse Rodriguez said.
Inside, a young boy was home alone.
Firefighters pulled 7-year-old Adrian Roberto Avalos out of the burning home.
“I can’t understand that; I can’t wrap my mind around it,” neighbor Lisa Rodriguez said.
Lisa watched overnight as emergency crews performed CPR on the boy in the front yard.
“I don’t want to judge, but I don’t understand how you can leave a little kid alone for reasons like this,” Rodriguez said.
“Investigators believe the burglary and fire are connected and the fire obviously caused the death,” Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.
They took Adrian to a local hospital where he died a short time later.
His mother showed up a few hours later and police took her in for questioning.
This tragedy hit close to home for many people in the neighborhood.
“Very scared, I have a kid the same age,” Lisa Rodriguez said.
Neighbors said that no family should have to go through the pain of losing a child.
“I just wish maybe I would have seen something sooner,” Rodriguez said. “Maybe flames or something. Maybe I could have helped in some way. I just wish I could have helped.”
So far, no arrests have been made in the investigation.
Anyone with information should contact the homicide tip-line at (405)-297-1200.