Tod­dler dies, sev­eral in­jured in Detroit fire

The Detroit News - - Metro - BY ORALANDAR BRAND-WIL­LIAMS The Detroit News

A 2-year-old boy was killed early Fri­day in a house fire on Mackay Street near Law­ley in Detroit, on the Ham­tramck border.

Four other chil­dren, in­clud­ing a 6-month-old and 5-year-old, were res­cued af­ter suf­fer­ing in­juries in the blaze along with two adults in the home. Two Ham­tramck fire­fight­ers were in­jured get­ting the chil­dren out of the burn­ing bun­ga­low near East Dav­i­son.

Fire of­fi­cials be­lieve the pre­lim­i­nary cause of the fire is ac­ci­den­tal and elec­tri­cal in na­ture. The 2-year-old was pro­nounced dead at the scene. A 20-year-old woman and 35-year-old man were taken to Detroit Re­ceiv­ing Hos­pi­tal and treated for burns and smoke in­hala­tion.

Two Ham­tramck fire­fight­ers were treated for sec­ond-de­gree burns to the face and ears in a hos­pi­tal and re­leased.

Detroit Deputy Fire Com­mis­sion David For­nell said the call about the fire came into dis­patch around 1 a.m. about the home at 13179 Mackay.

“Fire­fight­ers knew there were peo­ple trapped and im­me­di­ately went into search mode when they got there,” said For­nell.

Five chil­dren were trans­ported to a nearby hos­pi­tal. One of the chil­dren was pro­nounced dead at the chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal. The chil­dren were treated for burns and smoke in­hala­tion.

A rel­a­tive of the fam­ily, came by the fire scene around 6:30 a.m. Fri­day and shook his head while sur­vey­ing the dev­as­ta­tion say­ing the in­ci­dent was “crush­ing.”

“I don’t know what hap­pened,” said Itavi­ous Wash­ing­ton. “We were just play­ing a game at 12, 11 o’clock. I turned the game off and this hap­pened.”

Wash­ing­ton said his cousins and aunt lived at the home. He said the baby was the son of his cousin’s girl­friend.

“It’s hard to be­lieve,” said Wash­ing­ton. “Look how it looks. Looks how it looks. Burned up like this. Prayers go out to the fam­ily.”

Wash­ing­ton said “ev­ery­one is in shock mode” over the fire.

Wash­ing­ton thanked the in­jured fire­fight­ers for help­ing to save the chil­dren.

“Shout out to them. They saved my fam­ily,” said Wash­ing­ton. “They did the best they can to get ev­ery­one out safe and sound. “

Pho­tos by Oralandar Brand-Wil­liams / The Detroit News

Four other kids were in­jured along with two adults and two Ham­tramck fire­fight­ers in Fri­day’s early-morn­ing house fire near East Dav­i­son.

A Mickey Mouse toy is among chil­dren’s items in the yard of the home where the 2-year-old boy died in the Mackay Street fire.

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