A young boy was found dead following a house fire on Monday, July 31, 2023, according to the Hardin Police Department.
The Big Horn County Sheriff's Office and Hardin Fire Rescue responded to a fire call at around 4:45 a.m. near the intersection of 8th Street West and North Custer Avenue.
"My grandson Chubby, he ran through the house telling everybody that there was smoke in the house and there was fire," said Jennifer White Bear. "And I ran down the steps from my room and I could see the red flames outside the window and I opened the door and it came in so fast. It was like someone hit me real hard knocked me down."
Jennifer tried to go back to rescue her 10-year old grandson Chubby, but could not get to him.
"I couldn't go up the steps because the flames were already engulfed in the steps and it was black, black smoke," White Bear said.
A GoFundMe has been created to help Jennifer and her family; it states:
Hello, Jennifer lost her grandson Chubby and all her worldly possessions in a fire last night 7/31/2023. She is a single grandma of many grandkids, 7 of whom she reaises herself. they are In need of clothing. Sizes infant to older teenage boys and 1 teenage girl. Baby girl clothes size 6-9months, size 2 pampers, and formula (orange or blue similac). Junior girls 14/16 clothes, shoes size 1, socks, underwear. Women's clothing XL, shoes women 8 wide, socks, underwear/bras, men's clothing Large and XL, size 10.5 mens shoes, boxers, socks.
Click here if you would like to donate.
The house was destroyed by the fire. The family is currently staying in a hotel.
The Sheriff's Office is investigating to determine the cause of the fire.
We will update you if we get more information.
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