19-Month-Old Boy Killed in South L.A. Fire ID’d

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A toddler killed in a South Los Angeles house fire was identified Thursday, but the name of his mother, also slain, had not yet been released.


A fire in a small home in South Los Angeles killed a toddler and his mother on March 5, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Dillan Reyes, who was about 19 months old, was killed in the midday fire Wednesday, according to Ed Winter of the county coroner’s office. The boy’s mother was not yet identified, Winter said.

The boy and his mother were overcome by smoke and flames during a blaze that broke out in a 350 square-foot converted garage behind a home in the 100 block of East 50th Street, according to Los Angeles Fire Department officials.

The fire was put out in 9 minutes, fire officials said. No smoke alarm was in the home.

The deaths marked the 10th and 11th civilian fatalities during residential fires in L.A. this year, marking an apparent uptick from the city’s norm of about 20 total annually, according to LAFD.

KTLA’s Kennedy Ryan contributed to this article.