VALE, Ore. -- The investigation into a tragic mobile home fire in Vale, Ore., that claimed the life of a one-year-old boy is now complete. Authorities in Malheur County have determined the child's death was accidental.
The Malheur County Sheriff's Office says one-year-old Bryson Pennington was sleeping in the back bedroom of the mobile home when the fire broke out. Two adults and two children managed to escape the fire, and a neighbor was able to rescue another child.
Fire investigators say the fire was most likely caused by a closed flame in the northwest corner of the living room. The fire appeared to have traveled up the wall into the attic, and then spread to the back bedroom where the baby was sleeping.
Malheur County dispatch received a 911 call about a house fire at Treasure Valley Mobile Home Park at 1000 Hope Street in Vale at 11:33 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2013.
Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe says a family of six was living in the mobile home when the fire broke out. He said the flames and smoke prevented the neighbor from rescuing baby.
The investigation into the child's death was conducted by representatives from the Vale Fire Department, Oregon State Fire Marshall, Oregon State Police and the Malheur County Sheriff's Office.