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Sheriff's office identifies child who died in house fire

Authorities have identified the child who died in a house fire early Wednesday morning as 3-year-old Liam Valazquez Martinez.

Stephanie Barbosa, the Latino Outreach Liaison for the sheriff's office has been assisting the family. The family has also received assistance from Joel Garcia, associate pastor of Upward Christian Fellowship Church. The American red Cross is also assisting the family with living accommodations.

Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue, along with mutual aid companies, responded to the report of the fire at 9:07 a.m. at the home between Allen Road and Old Spartanburg Highway. Firefighters arrived within minutes to find a single-wide mobile home in heavy fire involvement throughout the interior. Immediate fire suppression and simultaneous search and rescue operations were initiated and resulted in the discovery that a preschool-aged child had died in the fire.

Officials From Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue, the Henderson County Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office are using certified fire investigators to determine the cause and origin of the fire.