Toddler Dies in Spokane Fire, His Dog Huddled at His Side

Toddler Dies in Spokane Fire, His Dog Huddled at His Side

  • A 3-year-old kid was found dead in a fire-burned house hugging his dog and a teddy bear
  • 4 other kids could have been rescued.
  • They are investigating the cause of the fire.

Toddler Dies in Spokane Fire, His Dog Huddled at His Side

The kid was found with his dog and a teddy bear.

A 3-year-old kid who died asphyxiated in a fire late Friday night in Hillyard. He was discovered clustered with his pooch, who remained close by, and a teddy bear.

"They passed on together," said Spokane Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer.

The two grown-ups home at the time could safeguard three other kids from the fire in the 4000 square of East Longfellow Avenue, which was accounted for around 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Toddler Dies in Spokane Fire, His Dog Huddled at His Side

Neighbor tried to control the fire with a hose until the firefighter arrived.

The two adults responsible for the child arrived home just on time to rescue three other children from fire. The fired occurred in a house on the 4000 block of East Longfellow Avenue, which called 911 at around 11:30 pm.

Jerry Arabelo, the front neighbor, said he saw the flames coming out the house and heard screaming as he was preparing himself for bed. He urged his wife to contact 911 and ran outside to hook up his 150-feet water hose which was disconnected for winter.

Atabelo and another neighbor could control the fire with another hose until the firefighter arrived, but they didn’t know there were a child inside the house until a couple started screaming it out.

Toddler Dies in Spokane Fire, His Dog Huddled at His Side

They could save four other kids, but one inevitably died.

Schaeffer said they boy was found in a bedroom heavily damaged by fire. “it melted everything, there were no way to survive that”.

The house had a smoke detector without batteries. The cause of the fire is still unknown and the fire department is still investigating it

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