Central Texas fire kills 16-year-old, injured two others

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REAGAN, Tex. (KBTX)- State Fire Marshal's Office investigators were in Falls County Thursday, looking for the cause of a house fire Wednesday night that claimed the life of an autistic 16-year-old boy and sent his 17-year-old sister to an area hospital.

Tyler Kelley died at the scene of the fire.

His sister, Amy, a Marlin High School junior, was flown to a local hospital where she was treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

She was released Thursday and is staying with family members in Waco, Marlin High School Principal Pamela Thomas said.

Tyler Kelley was enrolled for one semester at Marlin High School last year, Thomas said, but his mother withdrew him in order to home school him.

“They’re just doing the best they can under the circumstances and are making arrangements,” Thomas said.

Thomas announced to the school’s students Thursday that Amy Kelley had been injured in the fire and asked for their thoughts and prayers.

“Yes, this is a tragedy, but we just want her to know we are here for her.”

The fire was reported at around 8 p.m. Wednesday in the home near the intersection of County Roads 251 and 2906 in Reagan.

Tyler Kelley was found in a corner of the home, Falls County Sheriff Ricky Scaman said.

Chief Deputy Derick Johnson and K9 Officer Rebecca Lord found the teenager and were able to pull him out through a window, he said.

They administered CPR, but could not revive the teenager.

Lord was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

She was released Thursday morning.

A preliminary report on the cause and a preliminary autopsy report could be released as early as Thursday afternoon, Scaman said.