LINCOLN (AP) — A 9-year-old boy originally from Russia who was killed in a Nebraska house fire has been laid to rest, but prosecutors and the Russian government are seeking more information about his death.
Nearly 200 people gathered at a Lincoln church Wednesday to mourn the death of Anton Fomin. Living with legal guardians at the time, he died May 17 in the fire while home alone in Davey, Neb.
Anton immigrated to the U.S. with his biological parents, but court records show he hadn't lived with them since 2005.
Anton's father died of cancer in 2008. Court records say his mother was unable to care for him.
In an interview after the funeral, Anton's stepfather Slavik Sinchuk said earlier media reports about the boy being locked in a basement were untrue.
Sinchuk and the boy's church youth pastor, Oleg Stepanyuk, said Anton was asleep before the fire started. They said Sinchuk and his wife went briefly to visit Sinchuk's father in Lincoln and didn't want to disturb the boy, so they left him asleep in his basement bedroom.
They returned 30 to 45 minutes later to discover the house in flames. Sinchuk said he didn't know how the fire started, but he said neighbors reported hearing an explosion shortly before the blaze.
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