Children started March 9 fatal fire

Sequim Gazette

A house fire that killed a 2-year-old boy March 9 was accidental and caused by children playing with fire, investigators determined.


Investigators from Clallam County Fire District 3 and the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office concluded their investigation of the Blue Ice Terrace fire in Diamond Point, after conducting a detailed search of the structure and interviewing family members.


The investigation focused on the wood stove located in the living room area of the home, said Patrick Young, public information officer with Fire District 3.


The fire was reported at 11:03 a.m. March 9 and the first arriving fire department units reported the structure was fully involved with fire showing from all openings, Young said.


Initial 9-1-1 calls reported the 2-year-old child, Evan Bellis, as missing and presumed to be inside the home.


Several hours later, after bringing in a large piece of equipment to remove the caved-in roof of the manufactured home, Clallam County Sheriff’s deputies located the boy’s body  inside the remains of the home, Young said.


Evan’s parents, Jeffrey Bellis and Heather Cary, and his 4-year-old brother were able to escape from the home. Jeffrey Bellis was transported to Harborview Medical Center by air ambulance for treatment of burn injuries and discharged a few days later.


An unidentified female family member from a nearby home was treated for hand injuries but was not inside the home at the time of the fire as was originally reported, Young said.


All family members were assisted by the American Red Cross. A donation fund for the Bellis family was established at First Federal bank.


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