Tragic Fire that Claimed Life of Las Cruces 3-Year-Old Undetermined

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Las Cruces Fire Department Investigators say that the cause of the fire that took the life of 3-year-old Blayne Caballero as he slept in his bed early Sunday morning is still undetermined.

The fire broke out at the family’s single-wide mobile home in the 7700 block of Charro St. in Las Cruces’ East Mesa around 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

Firefighters learned that Blayne’s parents, 23-year-old Marc Caballero and 21-year-old Helen Huckabay escaped through a window of the home with their 7-month-old daughter, Sofie.

The family tried desperately to reach Blayne in his room, but the attempts to rescue him were unsuccessful. LCFD arrived on the scene and located Blayne, but he was unresponsive. He was pronounced dead shortly after. 

Firefighters extinguished the fire, but the home was considered a complete loss. The family also lost two dogs in the fire.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined and under investigation.

The boy’s parents were given medical care by responding emergency personnel, but their injuries were not serious and they were not hospitalized.

Blayne’s parents tell NewsChannel9 they are thankful for the support they have gotten from the community.

 “If it wasn’t for the community, we wouldn’t have what we have right now. We wouldn’t have the clothes we have on right now we’d still have the closed we escaped with,” says Caballero.

They say they are trying to stay positive amidst the tragedy, because that is what their son would have wanted.

“Tthere’s just so many people in the community coming together and we couldn’t be more thankful. We never expected any of this to happen,” says Huckabay.

Family friends have set up a GoFundMe account for the family which can be accessed by clicking HERE.

The family will also be planning enchilada sales and car washes in the coming weeks.

Blayne’s funeral will be held in Las Cruces. “Operation Hope” and La Paz Funeral Home will be taking care of the services free of charge. No date has been set for the services.

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