Child, 8, dies after house fire in Davie County; other child continuing to recover

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. – One of two children rushed to the hospital after a house fire in Davie County on Tuesday has died.

SirMarcus Nixon, 8, died from burns sustained in the fire Tuesday night on Legion Hut Road in the Cooleemee area, according to authorities.

His younger brother remains at Brenner Children’s Hospital. Wanda Nixon, the boys' grandmother, says he is fighting for his life.

She said Friday that SirMarcus, who went by Marcus, had a bright smile and a mischievous streak.

“He loved to play tricks on you, loved it, he played tricks on me and I tricked him back,” she said.

Marcus attended Cooleemee Elementary School; he was in the first grade, according to Davie County Schools.

His grandmother said the 8-year-old was never far from her.

“He loved his granny, he just did anything for me. He was the first name I call in the morning, and the last name I called at night," she said.

Nixon said she was overwhelmed by the support the community has shown her family since the fire.

“Just giving us everything we need, showing us love, I’ve never seen a county do what they’ve done for me and my family,” she said.

In total, two adults and five children were at the home when it happened, shortly before 11 p.m. Neighbors said they heard yelling at the home and ran to see what happened.

The children were in a bedroom when the fire ignited. Crews had to go into the house to rescue them.

Fire crews had to break windows to get to where the children. Four fire crews responded, but the house was a total loss.

The fire marshal, State Bureau of Investigations and the Davie County Sheriff's Office are investigating to determine the cause of the fire

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