LOUISIANA, Mo. (KSDK) – A 3-year-old boy died early Thursday morning in a house fire in Louisiana, Mo.
City Administrator Bob Jenne says firefighters were called to a home in the 400 block of South Main Street around 1 a.m. He says the back of the house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
A mother, father, and their 3-year-old son were home when the fire started. The parents were out of the home when firefighters arrived, but their son was still in his bedroom.
Jenne says firefighters determined the fire was too hot for them to enter, so the father decided to go in after him.
The father ran around to the front of the home, kicked in the front, door, and was tasered by a police officer. The dad was wearing only pajamas and had taken his shirt off and put it over his head. Jenne says authorities knew the fire was too dangerous for the man to run inside the home and had no choice but to taser him.
The 3-year-old son, identified as Riley Jeffrey Miller, was found deceased inside the home.
Jenne says firefighters fought the fire for eight hours. The state marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, and has determined in started in an added-on recreation room at the back of the house. They say there is nothing suspicious about this fire.
A candlelight vigil will be held Sunday, Nov. 3 on the Louisiana riverfront at 5:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring their own candles.