7-year-old killed in St. Louis house fire

Sunday, November 23, 2008 | 7:45 p.m. CST

 ST. LOUIS — Fire investigators in St. Louis say a 7-year-old boy who died in a house fire Saturday evening was playing with a fireplace lighter or matches when the blaze started.

KSDK-TV reports Devon Cage was trapped while his grandmother and other family members, including two other children, were able to escape. They were given oxygen at the scene.

A fire spokesman told KSDK the boy was playing with a fireplace lighter in the basement. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that investigators said the boy was autistic and had been playing with matches.

After firefighters removed Devon from the home, he was taken to a St. Louis hospital and later pronounced dead from smoke inhalation.

Firefighters say the home had no working smoke detectors.

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