A house fire claimed the life of a minor child in North Crossett last week.

At around 6am on Wednesday morning emergency responders were called to a house fire at 806 Fairview Road in North Crossett.

According to Crossett Fire Chief Bo Higgonbotham, Crossett Fire Department provided mutual aid to North Crossett Fire Department.

Higgonbotham said that the Crossett fire department also assisted in the investigation as well and though an exact cause has not yet been determined, evidence suggests that the fire was an accident. The fire is believed to have started in the living room of the mobile home.

Higgonbotham confirmed that the fire was fatal and that one minor child was killed however, he could not release any information involving the minor child.

Though, the victim’s name was not officially released by authorities, multiple first responders shared seven-year-old Taylor Makenzie Smith’s obituary on social media with captions stating “they wished there would have been something they could do to save her.”

“My heart is broken for this family; being (on scene) and not being able to do anything to help this little girl is one of the worst feelings I have ever had in my career in law enforcement,” Brandon Kelly with Crossett Police Department said.

Hamburg School District also released a statement to social media offering condolences to the family.

The statement from HSD said, “We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Taylor Smith. She was a precious first grade student of ours who died tragically in a house fire. This saddens us greatly. Taylor was loved by so many.”

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