Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blaze in Trailer Kills 8-Month-Old; 2 Children Saved

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blaze in Trailer Kills 8-Month-Old; 2 Children Saved

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As fire swept through his family's home near Mascoutah early Wednesday, Jason Zimmerman broke down the door of the burning trailer and rushed to rescue his daughter, Ashley, 4, and son, Cody, 2.

But neither Zimmerman nor any of the others who came to help could get to Alex, 8 months old, who was asleep in his crib in his parents' room.

The infant died of severe burns in the fire, which destroyed nearly all the family's possessions, except a rocking horse and a few other scorched toys. "Alex smiled more than any baby I ever saw and he laughed more than any baby," said Jason Zimmerman, 24, holding back tears. "What little of life he had, he enjoyed." The two older children suffered smoke inhalation. They were in serious condition Wednesday night in the intensive care unit at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. Their mother, Kimberly, 23, stayed by their side. Fire officials blame a space heater for the fire. The fire began about 6:15 a.m. as Jason Zimmerman was getting ready to leave for work as an inspector at an export-import business in East St. …

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