Boy died after being trapped in Tucson house fire

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Tucson-area authorities say a 12-year-old boy has died after becoming trapped in a burning home and that his brother may have accidentally ignited the blaze.

Pima County sheriff's Deputy Tracy Suitt said Sunday night that Patrick Mathews died after being taken to a hospital with life-threatening burns earlier in the day.

He says investigators believe the boy's 6-year-old brother was playing with matches and started the fire. No one else in the family was injured, but a neighbor who tried to put out the fire suffered smoke inhalation.

Suitt says Patrick Mathews was unable to flee because of a disability.

Northwest Fire District Capt. Adam Goldberg says crews responded to a house fire shortly after 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Deputies and neighbors helped get Patrick Mathews out of the home.

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Tucson area firefighters say a 12-year-old boy was critically injured after he became trapped in a burning home.

Northwest Fire District Capt. Adam Goldberg says crews responded to a house fire shortly after 9:30 a.m. Sunday and received a report of someone possibly trapped inside.

Goldberg says local sheriff's deputies and several neighbors helped rescue the boy from the property.

The boy was taken to University Medical Center with life-threatening burns.

Goldberg says firefighters gained control of the blaze in 12 minutes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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