Little boy and uncle die in house fire, family and community speak out

Published: Feb. 5, 2018 at 10:11 PM CST
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An elderly man and a five-year-old boy were killed in a house fire in Bremen on Saturday morning.

"He just happened to look out the window, and he said, 'oh my god call 911 your uncles house is on fire'," said Sandra Whitmer, neighbor and family member.

A few beams and posts are what's left of the home that went up in flames Saturday.

"The fire was so hot and and blazing," said Whitmer.

Before first responders arrived, police say, Benjamin Harrison, a neighbor and family member, ran into the burning house and pulled out a five-year-old who later died at Vanderbilt Hospital.

Police say Mitchell Kyle, 89, was found dead inside the home.

"I lived here by him for 53 years, I just don't know what I'm gonna do now," said Whitmer.

Mitchell was described by family as full of life, usually seen driving around anything but a car.

Family remembered the five-year-old, Levi Case on Monday.

"Uncle Mitchell was like a 'papaw' to him," said Whitmer.

Levi loved trucks, his cousins and was one of three young kids, family said.

"He was a loving and caring boy and we are all going to miss him," said Whitmer.

People outside of the family have offered support.

"We started the GoFundMe just to be able to give back to them and for the community to be able to band together, and help them out in their time of need," said Kyle Thomas who started the campaign. "We're here to help you right now, one less thing for you to worry about. I think about them and I pray about him, and I know this whole community does."

Now, everyone impacted learns how to cope, thankful to turn to their neighbors, each one actually part of the family.

"When he took his last breath, I just felt the peace that he was up there with Uncle Mitchell, and he is happy and he's watching down on all of us," said Whitmer. "I think that's what's keeping us together."

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. Also, the American Legion in Central City will be having a benefit for the family on February 17.