OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - Opelika authorities responded a call around 10:45 Monday night to a house fire on Bulloch Street in Opelika. Upon arrival officers found three adults and two children standing outside the home and discovered that a third child was still inside.
Opelika firemen found 11-year-old Nicholas Jordan Dennison, also known as C.J., in a back room of the burning house unconscious. Dennison was rushed the East Alabama Medical Center and pronounced dead upon arrival.
"Right now it's still under investigation, but we are at a standstill until we gain some more information," stated Opelika Fire Department's Assistant Chief, Danny Cotney. "We will have somebody here for three to four more hours."
It was reported that three siblings were inside the home at the time of the blaze, and two of them were able to escape.
Gloria Davis, a neighbor of the Dennison's and known as the neighborhood "Grandmom," witnessed the home engulfed in flames and called 911.
"They went right up to the window and tried to get him out, but they couldn't get him out of the house. I stood there are called his name, "CJ, CJ, CJ," but I couldn't get him to hear me," said Davis.
Davis' niece Tiffany Jones explained how close their two families are and how they are always together. CJ and her son were playing football earlier that evening.
"It is like our family, they are always over here playing with our kids. Him and my son play football together," said Jones.
Next door neighbor, Sylvester Robinson, was asleep when he heard the fire trucks outside his house. He was thankful his home wasn't affected, but his heart goes out to the family next door.
"When I heard the news about the little boy I was shocked," Robinson said. "I feel sad, I feel really sad inside, because I know what loss is."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.