Neal’s parents and siblings were at the park Thursday evening when a neighbor saw smoke coming from their house and called 911, Channel 2 Action News reported. When Bartow fire crews arrived, they found the home filled with flames. Neal, who was home alone, had become disoriented from the smoke, causing him to get trapped inside, Channel 2 reported.
“He was in the back bedroom and he said when he opened the door, the smoke just hit him,” his mother, Chastity Neal, told the news station. “That’s when he collapsed, I believe.”
The blaze was determined to be accidental, but the exact cause remains unknown, Jamison said.