Small Child Dies after House Explosion in Logan County

PARIS, Ark. (News release) - The Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division has been requested to investigate the death of a minor child that occurred this morning (December 21st) around 4:26 a.m. at a Paris, Arkansas residence. 
The Paris Police Department responded to a call of loud noise around the area of South Elm Street, within the city limits. When officers arrived in the area they noticed a residence on Elm Street was on fire. 
A Paris Police Officer, as well as the home owner, entered the residence, and carried four minor children out of the burning home. Three of the children were not injured. One child was transported to a local hospital, and pronounced deceased. 
This investigation is on-going.

Original story:
PARIS, Ark. - A small child is dead after a gas explosion at a house in Logan County.

It happened in Paris on South Elm around 5 a.m. Thursday. 

Logan County Sheriff Boyd Hicks says the victim was two-years-old.

Four other children and a man were inside the home when the explosion happened, authorities say, and all were able to get out safely. The man has been arrested for having outstanding warrants.

Authorities say the blast happened in the back of the home and started a fire inside. 

At the scene, tarps cover blown-out windows and a collapsed porch roof lies on the ground.

The cause of the explosion is being investigated.

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