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7-year-old killed in suspected arson fire in Fresno, homicide investigation launched

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A 7-year-old child was killed in a suspicious house fire in downtown Fresno early Wednesday morning.

Authorities have now launched a homicide investigation into the child’s death.

Shortly before 4:30 a.m., firefighters arrived at the home at N. College and McKenzie to find it fully engulfed in flames.

There were seven people inside. Six of them managed to escape.

One of them, a teenager, broke his leg while jumping from a second-story window and is now being treated at a local hospital.

The 7-year-old boy, Isaac Vallejo, was unable to escape and was killed.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama called the suspected arson “a horrible, horrible act.”

He said investigators discovered some type of accelerant was used on the front and back doors of the home.

“A 7-year-old innocent boy was killed, murdered through a very deliberate act. And we intend to bring this family justice,” he said.

Just days before the fatal fire, on June 25, officers responded to a shooting at the same home. No arrests have been made in this incident.

The Red Cross will help the displaced family.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in finding out who is responsible for the tragedy.

“If they know something, if they saw something, or if they have video of people breaking into the house,” Balderrama said.

If you have any information, you can call Crimestoppers or the Fresno Police Department.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The video above is from previous research and will be updated.

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