Child Killed in Early Morning Fire

Clayton Meeks
Clayton Meeks
Child Killed in Early Morning Fire
By: CJ Cassidy

MOREHOUSE, Mo. - Family members mourn the loss of a three-year-old boy killed in an early morning house fire.

They all want to know how the fire started.

The parents of three-year old Clayton Meeks say instead of planning Christmas for their kids, they must now plan a funeral for their youngest son.

They were so devastated they didn't want to speak on camera, but other family members say they're leaning on each other for support to get through this tough time.

"He was such a sweet little child, our precious angel," said Clayton's grandaunt Jodie Dobbs.  She last saw Clayton over the Thanksgiving holiday.

They expected to see his smiling face again this Christmas.

"It was such a shock and devastating to the whole family," Dobbs said.

Clayton was the youngest of four children.  His two older brothers lived with their dad, but Clayton and his four-year-old sister Gracie, lived with their mom on Locust Street.

His mother says she left Clayton and Gracie with a couple of babysitters while she visited a friend, so she wasn't home when the fire broke out shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday.

"The fire originated in the living room where the two little children were sleeping.  That's where the heater was, and they were watching TV," said New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens. 

He says one of the babysitters pulled the little girl to safety, but couldn't get to Clayton in time.

"He burned himself trying to get to him, but just couldn't locate him," Stevens said.

Investigators don't suspect foul play, but have sent off the child's body for an autopsy.

As family members wait for answers themselves, they hope to honor little Clayton's memory as best they can.

Investigators believe the fire was due to an electrical problem.  They also say the house didn't have a smoke detector.

Meanwhile, preliminary autopsy results on Clayton Meeks are expected back Thursday.

Donations accepted for Clayton Meeks' funeral:

Alliance Bank
PO Box 96
Sikeston, MO

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First Posted Nov 28, 2007 08:40 AM CST
By: Heartland News
MOREHOUSE, Mo. - A 3-year-old boy is dead this morning after an early morning fire at his house in Morehouse. Fire crews were called to the scene on the 600 block of Locust a little before 5 a.m.
We're told some other people in the home were able to get out, but little Clayton Meeks was not. His body was found in the living room of the home.
Right now there is no word if there are other people injured in the fire.  Investigators are on the scene trying to determine a cause to this tragic blaze.