NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - Newport News fire crews rescued a 3-year-old boy from a burning apartment Wednesday night.
Battalion Chief J. Douglas Carper with the Newport News Fire Department said the call came in around 10:30 p.m. in the 400 block of 16th Street. Crews arrived on scene a few minutes later to find smoke coming out of the second story apartment and were told a child was upstairs.
"All I saw was heavy smoke, then I heard windows shattering, then I saw a little bit of flames, children crying, parents were upset and all I heard was, 'My baby's inside!'" neighbor Keisha Rankins told WAVY.com.
Carper said first attempts to get to the second level were unsuccessful because of how heavy the smoke was. Once they got in, they found the child in an upstairs bedroom.
Battalion Chief Steve Pincus said the child was playing with a lighter prior to the fire and the home did have a working smoke detector.
The child was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The family would not release his condition, but he was transferred to a hospital on the Southside Thursday afternoon.
A police officer was also treated for minor smoke inhalation.
Holly McPherson with the Newport News Police Department told WAVY.com officers on foot patrol tried to help prior to the arrival of fire crews. She said there were adults home at the time of the fire.
Family members on scene told WAVY News' Liz Palka the boy suffered smoke inhalation and the home belongs to his aunt.
Crews working to put the fire out did not hear smoke detectors, Carper added.
The fire displaced 10 people. They are being assisted by the American Red Cross, Hampton Chapter.
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