Child killed in Jamestown fire identified

BABY KILLED IN JAMESTOWN HOUSE FIRE

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. -- Despite  the best efforts of firefighters, police and an infant's parents, officials say a child was killed Saturday morning on Prendergast Avenue in Jamestown. 

Monday, officials released the child's name and age. The child has been identified as 22-month-old Dieandre Hubbard. An autopsy was performed on the child at the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office in Buffalo Saturday afternoon. The results of this autopsy are pending further follow-up by the examiner's office.

The fire's cause is also still under investigation. 

Fire Department Lieutenant Bruce Sheldon said they responded quickly when they received a report of people trapped in a house fire Saturday. The report came in around 8 a.m.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they noticed two people standing in front of the house frantically telling them that their child was trapped inside. 

Several children were already out of the house, but they couldn't get to the child on the second floor. 

Firefighters wasted no time searching the home. During their search, they found heavy fire coming from the child's bedroom. 

"Once they got the fire knocked down, they brought the child out," Sheldon said. "...there was nothing we could do." 

The child's parents were treated for smoke inhalation injuries sustained while trying to save their infant child. They were treated at Woman's Christian Association Hospital (WCA).

The fire was primarily contained to the child's second floor bedroom, and was knocked out in about 15 minutes, Sheldon said. Jamestown Police Department officers also responded. 

Donald Dye, the young child's uncle, said he came to the scene of the fire when he received a call from the child's father about his nephew's death around 10 a.m. 

Dye said to his understanding, the fire was started by an electrical heater. Fire investigators have yet to release an official cause, however.

He pleaded people to "please, be careful," when handling anything that could start a fire. 

"It's a horrific sight," he said. "Something I wish nobody would go through." 

The Red Cross is now assisting six people following the fire.

The Red Cross reminds people of their efforts to reduce fire-related deaths by asking every household in America to do two things: check smoke alarms and practice home fire drills. The Red Cross is working with local fire departments as part of the Home Fire Campaign to install free, working smoke alarms in homes without them. 

In Buffalo, as part of Fire Safety Month, fire houses are hosting open houses throughout the city. Open house attendees learn about fire safety and receive free smoke detectors. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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