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May 22, 2012 2:58 PM

2-year-old boy killed in South Merced house fire

A 2-year-old boy was killed in a fire at a South Merced apartment complex Tuesday morning, the Merced Police Department reported. Kareem Butler Jr. was trapped in a bedroom after the fire started in one of three units at an apartment building in the 100 block of East 12th Street, police said. By the time fire crews arrived -- four minutes after getting the report -- the boy was dead, according to Merced City Fire Chief Mike McLaughlin.

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