PUEBLO, Colo.– A Pueblo family is mourning the loss of their only son, 4-year-old Ezekiel Magoon, who died in a house fire Tuesday night.
The Pueblo Fire Department said the home in the University Park neighborhood was fully involved when crews arrived around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. The cause of the fire is still unknown, but investigators have ruled out foul play and electrical. According to Captain Woody Percival, the fire started on the back deck.
“Several of my firefighters that have been career firefighters for a long time said this was the hottest and most intense house fire they’ve ever responded to,” Capt. Percival added.
Josephine and Adam Magoon had finally tied the knot on October 10, 2020, and started to put down roots in Pueblo when this unthinkable tragedy happened.
“It was exciting they bought their first home and they were getting their family started,” Jessica Hinkle said. “I don’t know what they are going to do without him.”
Ezekiel was the last one out of the burning home. Neighbors said they tried to rush in to help rescue the boy but the smoke was too thick. A family friend told FOX21 News that Adam with their 1-year-old in his arms was able to escape by jumping out of a window on the second story onto a trampoline below, but Ezekiel was still asleep inside.
“Mourn for a while, he was an amazing boy and he lived so short of a time but he was full of life, he loved cars, he was ornery kept Josephine on her toes all the time, he was Grandma Pam’s boy,” Hinkle added.
“There’s nothing that evokes more emotion from us just like it does for the public when it involves a child,” Capt. Percival said.
Family friends currently have a GoFundMe established online to raise money for funeral and medical expenses. A cousin also has another GoFundMe page. A memorial was growing outside the home on Thursday.
“Just rally around them, support, understand, this is a huge loss,” Hinkle cried. “Every child is special, Ezekiel was more so, this family is more so this entire family would do anything for anybody and they have and they still do and they still think of others during tragedy, they are magnetic you can’t help, but love this family.”
A family friend said the Magoon family plans to donate Ezekiel’s eyes. Adam remains in a Denver ICU with a broken back and burns to his lungs.
The Pueblo Fire Department would like to remind everyone that it is Fire Prevention Month.
“This fire is an example of the importance to plan ahead in your home for emergencies like this,” Capt. Percival said. “During national preparedness month, it’s really important to have working smoke detectors. inside each bedroom, the hallway outside the bedroom, more importantly, test them, make sure they are operable, the batteries are good, change them out, this is the time of year to do that cause it could actually change the outcome in situations like this.”
Capt. Percival said this is the first deadly house fire of the year.