BELLEVUE, Wash. - The Bellevue Fire Department continues to investigate the cause of a duplex fire that killed a 3-year-old boy Monday morning.
Two other women, including the child’s mother, made it out of the home at 813 141st Place SE in Bellevue with no injuries.
Neighbors said they started calling the fire department around 1:30 a.m. after they heard commotion outside.
When they saw the house, the left duplex was fully engulfed in flames.
"The garage was engulfed in the flames. And the window that you could see from upstairs, it was in flames too,” said neighbor Chantelle Mayther.
Neighbors quickly pitched in some help with a ladder they set up outside of the roof while the two adult women were on the roof after climbing out a window, they said.
But neighbors said they knew something was wrong when they noticed a 3-year-old they knew to live inside of the duplex was not outside.
"I saw all of the adults coming out and running around, but the baby wasn't around, so that was scaring us,” said neighbor Hamza Syed.
Firefighters later pulled out the boy from a second story bedroom, unconscious in their arms and took him to Harborview.
"He looked like he was unconscious. He just looked like he was sleeping,” neighbor Chantelle Mayther said, fighting back tears.
He was later pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center.
Neighbors also alerted the fire fighters to dogs that lived in the backyard, and there no signs of injuries to them.
Names have not yet been released.