Child dies after being pulled from basement apartment fire
The Ontario fire marshal is investigating Hamilton’s latest fatality; since the start of 2016, 12 deaths across the city have been linked to fires
A young child died after firefighters rescued him from a burning basement apartment on the west Mountain.
The child — a three-year-old boy according to neighbours — succumbed to his injuries after being taken by ambulance to the Hamilton General Hospital on Monday morning.
The child’s mother was also taken to hospital for observation due to possible smoke inhalation, said Hamilton Fire Department spokesperson Claudio Mostacci.
The Hamilton Coroner’s Office was at the scene late Monday, along with officials from Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal.
Firefighters found flames and heavy smoke coming out of a front basement window at 240 Golden Orchard Dr. after responding to call at 10:02 a.m. The home is in the vicinity of Garth Street and the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway.
They were told by onlookers a child was still inside the house, an attached semi, and began a search before finding the child in the basement, Mostacci said.
The boy was handed to waiting paramedics and rushed to hospital, Mostacci said.
Next-door neighbour Brandon Jolly said the boy was alive but had inhaled a lot of smoke by the time firefighters carried him outside.
“They had him on oxygen right away,” he
Firefighters were quick getting into the house, but for some reason the boy got stuck.
“He was trapped. It was a good five minutes before they brought him out,” he said.
Jolly, who lives in the other half of the semi, said smoke had been billowing out the basement window.
Jolly said he did not know the single mom or the boy.
“We never really saw her. She hasn’t been here that long.”
Neighbours told him the mother was cooking upstairs in the common kitchen and noticed smoke, Jolly said. They also said she came
They had him on oxygen right away. BRANDON JOLLY NEIGHBOUR
outside screaming because she couldn’t get to her baby downstairs.
Nick Termini, who has lived on the street for a few years, said he believed the mom and her son moved in a few months ago. Since then, he would sometimes see her pushing the little boy down the street in a stroller. A stroller rested on the front lawn of the house next to where the fire broke out.
By Monday evening, a small memorial had been set up on the grass outside the home, just behind police tape. A couple of stuffed animals sat beside handwritten letters.
A person identifying themselves as a family member started a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs for the three-year-old boy, who they said was named Cayden. They identified Cayden’s mom as Susan.
Mostacci said the cause is still unknown, but the Fire Marshal’s office continues to investigate.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the basement, without any spread to the adjoining unit. Damage is estimated at about $150,000.
A person was removed from an apartment fire in downtown Hamilton in February and pronounced dead. The gender has not been made public and it is being probed by the fire marshal. There were 11 fire fatalities in Hamilton in 2016.
Firefighters on the scene of a fatal fire at 240 Golden Orchard Dr. on the west Mountain. A child was pulled from the home and was rushed to hospital by ambulance but was later pronounced dead. The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office is investigating. Neighbours says the victim is a three-year-old boy.
Firefighters in the basement at 240 Golden Orchard Dr. on the west Mountain. A young child was pulled from the basement and pronounced dead at hospital. The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office is investigating.