Family remembers 6-year-old killed in Vicksburg fire as ‘one of the best kids ever’

Updated: Sep. 29, 2020 at 6:38 PM CDT
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WARREN CO., Miss. (WLBT) - A child was killed in a house fire in Warren County on Tuesday morning.

The fire sparked around 1 a.m. at a home on Halls Ferry Road.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace says two people were able to escape the building. Two deputies and a neighbor tried to rush in and save the child who was trapped inside, but were unable to.

Warren County Coroner Doug Husky identified the child as 6-year-old Kealen Andrew.

Two firefighters were also taken to the hospital due to smoke inhalation.

Family members are grieving the loss of the young child.

“Oh my goodness it is devastating. It really is."

Robert Mace is lost for words after receiving the shocking news that his 6-year-old grandson was killed in the fire.

“We went fishing about two weeks ago I let him drive my boat and he had a great time. He was a good young man.”

Kealen’s uncle just as shocked and saddened by this incredible loss.

He shared one of the last calls he had with his 6-year-old nephew.

"He was one of the best kids ever. The last thing we talked on a Sunday he gave me one of his famous quotes, “don’t let them see you sweat,” said Robert Mace Jr.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace says the mom and daughter escaped but the 6-year-old was trapped and although there were several attempts to save him, no one could reach him because smoke and flames were too heavy.

“A neighbor was passing by and the fire and was trying to make entry and reported to the deputies that there were possibly people inside. The two deputies were able to crawl on the floor as far as they could in the house, but the flames eventually caused them to retreat,” said Sheriff Pace.

Sheriff Pace says authorities are working to determine what caused the fire, but they do not suspect foul play.

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