Jul 22, 2010 1:54 PM by Greg Boyce

Update: Fire victim identified

The Las Animas County Sheriff's Office has identified a child killed in a house fire early Wednesday morning near Trinidad.

The fire took place at 9050 CR 45.4 in Segundo, a few miles from Trinidad.  The house was occupied by seven people. The boy was identified as six-year-old Emiliano Valverde. According to the Sheriff's Office he was not burned, but died of smoke inhalation. 

His aunt, Joann Montano  was flown to a hospital with third degree burns.  The fire started in the living room, and when she opened the door from a bedroom she was burned.  She uses oxygen to aid her breathing. 

As of Thursday evening, Montano was listed in critical condition at a hospital in Aurora.

No foul play is suspected.  The fire is believed to have been caused by an electrical problem.



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