6-year-old boy dies in northeast Kansas house fire

(Courtesy: KSHB.com)
(Courtesy: KSHB.com)

WELLSVILLE, Kan. (AP and KSNW) – Authorities say a 6-year-old boy has died in a northeast Kansas house fire.

Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office spokesman Kevin Doel says firefighters were called Tuesday night to the Wellsville fire. The boy was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later. He has been identified as Brex Whalen.

The child’s mother was able to escape with an infant child. The boy’s father was also onsite and traveled with him to the hospital. The boy’s stepfather is active duty military and was currently deployed.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation. It started in the living room of the rental home.

A memorial fund has been set up. Contributions can be made to:

BREX WHALEN MEMORIAL FUND
c/o MID AMERICA BANK
PO BOX 671
1008 POPLAR ST
WELLSVILLE, KS 66092

You can mail your donation or drop it by Mid America Bank in Wellsville.