Fire that killed child, 4, blamed on faulty wiring

A short circuit is being blamed for the deadly fire that swept through seven low-income homes in Barrio Cuba Monday morning.

Dead is 4-year-old Damián Steven Castillo Morales who was alone in the home when the fire broke out just before 7 a.m., said the Cuerpo de Bomberos. Firemen got the call at 6:57 a.m.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the boy was home alone because his father had left briefly to bring a daughter to school nearby.

The blaze was in a section known as Las Gradas at Avenida 32 and Calle 20. It spread rapidly among the closely packed dwellings.

Some 20 adults and nine children lost their homes to the fire. The boy became the third fire fatality of the year.

The Cuerpo de Bomberos noted that home blazes are up 15 percent this year over the same period in 2010. There have been 355 such fires or about 2.5 percent, they said.

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