5-year-old child identified after fire broke out in Metro East

ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A 5-year-old boy who died in a fire at a Metro East house has been identified.

Firefighters arrived to put out a fire at the Belle Meadows apartment on Mitchell Street in Alton on Monday at around 7:15 p.m. Five-year-old Malachi Scruggs was trapped inside a building engulfed in flames. Firefighters found Scruggs and was quickly taken to the hospital where he later died.

Following the tragic death, Alton Police Chief Marcos Pulido said the department would like to “express our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Malachi Scruggs.”

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