Wednesday, June 2


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[JUNE 2, 2004]  A two-story house fire claimed the life of 3-year-old Wyatt Mitchell Wedgeworth on Sunday morning. The boy was in an upstairs room when he was found by Lincoln firefighters and was then taken to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Fire Chief Bucky Washam was one of the first on the scene at 209 Ninth St. Heavy smoke was coming out of the downstairs and flames were inside, the chief said. The boy's mother, Shanda Roderick, and other family members were outside the house. His mother was very distressed and said the boy was upstairs, Chief Washam said.

Two firefighters were sent up the ladders from the outside to open up the upstairs to get the smoke clear enough to search for the boy, and two firefighters went in.

"They brought the boy out fairly quick," Chief Washam said. The firefighters worked on him from the house to the ambulance and to the hospital. "The guys did an outstanding job of finding the boy and fighting the fire," Chief Washam said.


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Chief Washam appreciated the assistance at the scene from Lincoln Rural, Atlanta and Mount Pulaski Fire departments.

City fire inspectors Jim Davis and Tim Aper are working with the Office of the State Fire Marshal investigating the incident, though nothing is suspicious. It is believed the fire began downstairs but did travel and cause damage upstairs.

[Jan Youngquist]


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