Child who died Thursday in Fort Worth house fire identified

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Authorities have released the name of the child who was fatally injured Thursday in a house fire that also took the life of his mother.

Jesus Mateo-Guajardo, 4, was identified Monday by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. He died of smoke and carbon monoxide inhalation, the medical examiner’s office said.

The cause of death was the same for his mother, Karla Guajardo-Salazar, 27, the medical examiner reported last week.

In previous reports, Fort Worth fire department officials estimated boy’s age as about 6. He would have turned 5 in April, according to the birth date listed by the medical examiner.

The fire broke out about 7 p.m. Thursday in a house in the 900 block of West Bolt Street, which is in the Rosemont neighborhood. Investigators said it was caused by an electrical malfunction near an outlet behind the couch in the living room.

The boy was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center and his mother to John Peter Smith Hospital. Both were pronounced dead about 7:40 p.m., according to the medical examiner.

A man believed to be the boy’s father was severely burned in the blaze. He was taken by ambulance to the burn unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, officials said, but his medical condition could not be learned on Monday.

No smoke detectors were found in the home, and the back door was padlocked on the outside, officials said.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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