Five year old boy dies in Houston House Fire
Posted: 02-28-11Category:Another fire in Houston has claimed the life of a young child. Last week, four children died in a day care fire at Jackie's Child Care in west Houston. The latest fire to claim the life of a Houston child happened in a home in the 1200 block of Hebert just after 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 27, 2011. Investigating Fire Authorities believe that the fire, which claimed the life of a five year old child, was accidental. The child’s mother told investigators that she was asleep in the front room of the house with her two young children when she awakened to the smell of smoke, said Officer B. Evans of the Houston Police Department Homicide Division, which is investigating the incident along with the fire department. When she got up, she saw large flames in the one-story home and rushed to get both of her children out of the house. However, the 5-year-old panicked for an unknown reason and broke away from her, Evans said. The mother broke a window to get her other child through and when she looked back, she could not find her other child. “The smoke was so thick, she never regained sight of him,” said Evans. Several attempts were made by the child’s mother and other family members to go back in and find the boy, but they were unsuccessful. Firefighters found the boy near the center of the home during an initial search, said Houston Fire Department Deputy Chief Fernando Herrera. The child, whose identity was not released, died at the scene. “Everything at this point in time indicates that it is an accidental fire,” said Evans. The exact details of how the fire started remain under investigation.