Toddler killed in early morning duplex fire


BELLEVUE, Wash. - A 3-year-old boy was killed in an early-morning fire at a Bellevue duplex.

The fire in the 800 block of 141st Place Southeast started Monday at 1:22 a.m. while the boy, his mother and a roommate were inside.

"The garage was engulfed in the flames.  And the window that you could see from upstairs, it was in flames too,” said witness Chantelle Mayther.

Investigators said the fire started on the first floor.  Both adults had to climb out the second-floor window to escape the flames. Neighbors said they saw other neighbors try to bring a ladder to help the two women get out.

There were also a number of dogs at the home.  It is not known if they survived.

The boy’s mother told firefighters her son was still inside the home.

"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.

Moments later, neighbors watched stunned as the young boy was brought out, cradled in the arms of a firefighter.

Firefighters said the 3-year-old was found in an upstairs bedroom, and though medics tried to resuscitate him, he was declared dead at Harborview Medical Center.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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