9-year-old boy trapped in house fire dies

Boy pulled from house by firefighters, transported to hospital where he later died

SAN ANTONIO - A 9-year-old boy was killed Sunday morning after being trapped inside a burning house.

The incident happened at 6 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Beverly Drive.

Although flames and smoke could be seen from miles away, Vincent Fedorick said he was in his front yard when he saw his neighbor's house burn down.

"There were a whole bunch of flames coming up from the side of the house and the front," said Fedorick.

When firefighters got to the scene, they saw heavy smoke coming from the garage area and they were told a young child was trapped inside the house.

"Our firefighters went offensive, went into the house, trying to locate this boy," said Christian Bove with the San Antonio Fire Department. "They did locate a 9-year-old boy in a back bedroom."

Bove said firefighters pulled the boy from the burning home and rushed him to University Hospital where he later died.

"Unfortunately that boy was pronounced dead at the hospital," he said.

Bove said there were about six other residents, including children, who made it out okay, but the crews were shaken up, knowing the 9-year-old did not survive.

"Right now our hearts are with this young boy's family," said Bove. "It hits our firefighters especially hard when it is a young child. You never want to see anyone perish in a fire, especially when we are dealing with young children."

Although Bove said that the fire originated somewhere in the garage, arson investigators are still looking into the cause.

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