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UPDATE 3: Child killed in Chatsworth fire identified

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MURRAY COUNTY, GA. (WRCB) -- Food left on a stovetop likely led to the fire that killed a Chatsworth boy.

Investigators say the child's mother, 23-year-old Marialla Gurrero, was two doors down when the fire broke out.

By the time she realized her home was engulfed, it was too late to save her youngest child, 2-year-old Jose Arriasola.

"I came home and it was already in flames," says Jennifer Wiley.

Residents of the Spring Place Mobile Home Park arrived home Wednesday afternoon to smoke and fire.

"We were getting off the school bus, and we saw smoke, and we just ran," Brittany Brown says. "The house was on fire."

As the fire spread, so did the news a small child didn't make it out alive.

"My husband told me the baby was in there, and then later on they found the body," Wiley says. "But they wouldn't confirm it was him, but he was the only one left in there."

The Murray County Sheriff's Office says the boy was sleeping in a bedroom, when his mother went next door to a family member's home.

She told fire investigators she left the boy alone to get napkins.

"They said she was cooking," says Wiley.

Gurrero returned to find the home engulfed. By then it was too late to get inside.

"We had to help her," Wiley says. "We drug her across the yard to get her away."

The boy's mother, who authorities say was emotionally distraught, was taken to a local hospital.

Another adult family member was treated for minor injuries.

Murray County Chief Deputy Ray Sitton says the fire likely started in the kitchen,
but it will be up to the state fire marshal's office to rule an official cause.

Neighbors are more concerned with what the fire took, than what sparked it.

"That little boy waved at us all the time," Brown says. "He was so cute, he was so sweet."

"I couldn't imagine, I couldn't imagine losing a child," Wiley says.

The boy's four siblings were at school when the fire broke out.

Sitton says charges could be filed in the case, but that decision won't be made until the investigation is complete.

The family is staying with relatives who live in the area.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates as they become available.

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