UPDATE: Fatal Waterloo Fire caused by accelerants

Published: Apr. 22, 2018 at 7:53 AM CDT
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The Waterloo Police Department says the fire was caused by accelerants.

The Waterloo Fire Rescue Fire Marshal submitted the evidence from the fire to the Iowa State Crime Lab, which determined an accelerant was involved in the fire.

The investigation of the fire is ongoing.



Waterloo Fire officials have released the names of the two people who died in a house fire on Sunday.

Officials identified the deceased as Jaykwon Sallis, 9, and his mother, Ashley Smith, 32.



Authorities said a house fire in Waterloo Sunday morning left two people dead. They were among the five inside the home at the time of a deadly fire.

It happened about 6:30 a.m. at a house at 536 Dawson Street.

Heather Medina lives two doors down from that house. She saw the flames as she arrived home from work.

"My first instinct was wanting to get into the house and get the child out," she said.

Medina said it was too dangerous to go inside.

"The flames, they was on the porch at first, and then it reached the top of the house. It was really bad. You could feel the heat from across the street. That's how hot it was," she said.

Patrick Cronan said the flames were about four feet high. He watched everything unfold from his porch.

"It was pretty freaky. They carried the little boy from down here to the next street, and then they took the other body out the back door," Cronan said.

Three people including a man, woman and teenage girl escaped. Another woman and a boy died in the fire.

Medina said her kids were good friends with the boy who died.

"Explaining to my kids that their friend died is gonna be hard," she said.

Authorities have not yet released the names of the victims or the cause of the fire.



Authorities said five people were inside a home at the time of a deadly fire in Waterloo Sunday morning.

It happened at 6:30 a.m. at a house located at 536 Dawson Street.

According to Waterloo Fire Rescue, the porch was fully engulfed in flames.

The fire could be seen from windows and doors on first floor as well as windows from second floor.

Three people including a man, woman and teenage girl escaped.

Another woman and a boy died in the fire.

Their identities have not yet been released.

Waterloo Fire Rescue said there is heavy fire damage to the front porch and the main floor.

There is also heavy smoke damage throughout the rest of the structure.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



Authorities said a woman and young boy died in the fire. Five people were in the house when it started, the other three were able to get out. Two of those who escaped are in the hospital.

Neighbors tell TV9 the woman and young boy were mother and son.



The Waterloo Fire Department confirms two are dead and others are injured after a fire in the 500 block of Dawson Street.

Authorities said the fire is still active. We have a crew heading to the scene.

Stay with TV9 as this story develops.