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14-year-old boy killed in Spotsylvania house fire

SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WWBT) -

Xavier Montague's great aunt says the teen could coax a smile out of anyone.

"We knew exactly what he was thinking, exactly what he was doing, and he knew exactly what he was doing", says Bebe Jones.

Bebe Jones loved Xavier, along with his large family and an entire community.

Since the fire ravaged through the house, taking Xavier's young life, neighbors have arrived non-stop, giving their condolences.

"People who we don't even know, people who have come from everywhere, just someone who knew somebody, who may know someone in our family and God bless them. they found the way", says Jones.

The fire somehow started at 4:00am and Xavier's father, grandmother, brother, sister, and mother, who was visiting, all managed to escape.

Xavier wasn't in his bedroom. He was in the living room, which is in the rear part of the side of the house.

The fire chief says the living room experienced extreme, severe flames, so much so, that firefighters couldn't locate Xavier.

"The living room, dining room area was mostly engulfed, and that's why they couldn't find him, because that's where he was", says Jones.

36 firefighters battled the flames, cold temperatures making it a difficult fight.

Xavier's loved ones now struggling to salvage their lives without a major piece of their family.

"We have difficult days ahead, but we're going to step through them one day at a time," Jones says.

The Red Cross is helping Xavier's family, whose staying in a hotel for now.

The cause of the fire hasn't been determined, just yet.

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Investigators are trying to figure out what caused an early morning house fire in Spotsylvania that killed a 14 year old boy.

Officials say around 4:04 a.m. Sunday they received a call for a fire in the 3800 block of Lee Hill School Drive. When they arrived on scene at 4:13 a.m. Sunday heavy flames were visible from the front of the home. We are told six people were inside of the home when this all started, including a father, grandmother, mother, visiting from Maryland, a 9 year old boy, a 14 year old boy, and a 17 year old female.

Initial reports indicated the boy was in a rear bedroom, but after searching in extreme fire conditions he could not be located. Chief Monty Willaford says the body of the 14 year old was found in the living room, which suffered extensive fire damage. The body is now at the medical examiner's office. No word if anyone else was injured.

In all 36 firefighter, many of them from volunteer squads, battled this blaze. Cold temperatures made this fire fight difficult. The Red Cross is assisting this family.

The fire marshal's office and the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office are investigating.

Copyright 2014 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved

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