16-Month-Old Killed in Autaugaville Fire


By CBS-8 Reporter Katy Sulhoff

A community is grieving. An early morning house fire claims the life of a 16-month-old baby despite parents' desperate efforts to save him.

The fire happened in Autaugaville in the 2700 block of Dutch Bend Street. It ignited about 6:00 am Monday.

Three generations of the Bohannon family lived in the home. Steve and Michele Bohannon; their son Wes, 30; his wife Hope, 26; and their children Macie, 5; Paisleigh, 3; and 16-month-old Wesley Stephen.

Steve Bohannon was at work when the fire broke out.

Baby Wesley was trapped inside. Family members tell CBS 8, the parents went in and out of the home at least three times while it was burning and even broke out a window to try to get to the baby.

"My nephew had got down in the floor to find his son. He couldn't find him. He done his hands all on the floor, but it was so hot he had to get out. Because he did get burnt on his arm. His wife did get burnt on her face, her back, her arms," said Michelle Hunter, Wes' aunt.

Wes Bohannon, Macie, and Paisleigh were treated and released from the hospital.

Hope Bohannon was taken to an Atlanta hospital to be treated for 2nd and 3rd degree burns.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but family members believe it was sparked by a space heater.

Three puppies and three adult dogs were also killed in the fire.

The home is a total loss. The family did not have insurance.

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