The 4-year-old child who was killed when a Pleasant Valley manufactured home caught fire earlier this month has not yet been positively identified, officials confirmed.
El Dorado County Fire Protection District Capt. Mike Pott told the Mountain Democrat Monday that county officials are still waiting on DNA evidence from the state Department of Justice before confirming the identification of the boy.
According to Pott, the DNA evidence would likely be available in six to eight weeks.
“It’s the DNA evidence,” he said. “That’s why it’s taking so long.”
Details of the Sept. 8 blaze remain scarce.
Pott did reveal, though, that investigators have yet to find evidence of working smoke detectors inside the manufactured home.
“It was pretty damaged in there,” he said.
Authorities had previously described the fire as intense. The level of damage to the manufactured home’s interior would likely make determining its point of origin difficult.
Fire crews responded to the Pleasant Valley home at 4740 Viewpoint Drive shortly after midnight on Sept. 8.
Three of the home’s four occupants were standing outside of the residence and told firefighters that the young boy was still inside of the house.
Responders were unable to reach the child in time and found him deceased in a bedroom.
In the days following the fire, the names of the boy’s mother, Jennifer Ewing, 27, and her boyfriendm, Arturo Canales, 28, were made public.
The other survivor, previously identified as the boy’s grandfather, has not been named.
On Thursday investigators from both the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department and El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office were at the scene of the fire.
Because of the child’s death, officials were treating the residence as a crime scene, which is standard procedure, according to Pott.
In the meantime, Pott said county officials will continue to investigate the fire as well as the boy’s death.
“We’ll just continue to talk to people, continue to piece everything together,” he said.
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