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Neighbors Remember “Smiley” Boy, “Sweet” Grandmother

We are learning more about a deadly fire that swept through a Bellevue home early Saturday morning.

Five people were inside, but only three got out.

A grandmother and her eight-year-old grandson died

"You could see how bad it was,” Lisa Sheldon said. “It was all in flames and its an awful helpless feeling to know that they were in there and you couldn't do anything about it."

Lisa Sheldon's dogs woke her up around 3am Saturday.

Sheldon ran outside to see a teenaged boy yelling that his little brother was trapped inside the burning mobile home near 29th Avenue and Hancock St. in Bellevue.

Sheldon also saw two people being taken away by rescue workers... both died in the fire.

"I've been trying really hard not to cry, especially when it involves a little child like that,” she said.

Sheldon says her grandchildren played with the eight-year-old boy when they'd visit.

"He was just a very happy, smiley little boy when you'd go by him he'd always talk to you and say hi,” she said. “All the kids down here would play together."

Scott Struz also remembers the little boy.

"It hits home," he said "Just seeing him in the mornings, saying hi to him...pretty rough."

Sheldon says she and her husband were friends with the grandmother.

"Very sweet, very outgoing woman,” she said. “She worked at Krispy Kreme for a long time and she'd stop by and give us doughnuts and she was just really sweet."

She says the woman eventually contracted health issues. Her son and his three children moved in to help with her care.

"She got sick and she was pretty much homebound and didn't leave the house," she said.

Sheldon expect it will take some time to recover from what happened here.

“Awful things happen but when it's people you know it's much harder," she said.

Although investigators are pointing toward a space heather as the probable cause, investigators are still officially trying to determine just how the fire started.

We are also still waiting for confirmation of the victims' names.


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