'Just breaks me': Neighbors recall HEARTBREAKING screams of child, 4, trapped in fire before dying
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA: A house that caught fire in Florida took the life of a child and a dog trapped inside, with a neighbor describing the heartbreaking screams for help as the tragedy occurred at the Kathi Kim Street.
The Brevard County Fire Rescue confirmed that they rescued the four-year-old child from the fire. The authorities took him to the hospital in Cocoa Beach on Friday, August 19 where he died of his injuries.
According to Channel 8 news, neighbors tried to break open the windows and also called 911. Nicholas Quigley, a witness said, “I heard ‘help!’ Me and my dog looked at each other, and then I got up, came out." Nicholas said, “He was freaking out, screaming and saying ‘help!’ Another neighbor was there and they were trying to get someone out and then he told me to call 911, and I called 911.”
As per the outlet, the neighbor who called 911 heard screams that continued to grow louder. The cause of the fire is unknown as the authorities are still investigating the incident. According to the fire officials, the fire started at around 8 pm on Thursday, August 18 in Brevard County. Cynthia Ridolf, another neighbor witnessed the fire and volunteered to help.
Cynthia, while speaking to Channel 9 News, said, “I thought the child had gotten out. The father was sitting in my driveway but the child was still in there,” adding, “they pulled the child out about 10 minutes later. One of the firefighters had the child and was carrying him.” She also said that the firefighters attempted CPR on the child. Channel 9 News reported that the child's mother was at work and no one else sustained injuries from the fire.
In a separate incident, Britanny Jones a mother of a 12-year-old boy, died in Camden, New York, on July 25, Monday night while attempting to save her son from a deadly house fire, according to local media and her family. Britanny, 35, resided at the house with her husband Aaron Jones and their 12-year-old son, Anthony Jones. The fire was reportedly fought by multiple local fire departments for several hours before it was put out.
The Oneida County Sheriff's Office claimed in a statement posted on Facebook on July 26, Tuesday that officers and the Camden Police Department responded to the incident at approximately 9.45 pm on July 25, Monday. "Deputies and village police arrived approximately three minutes after they heard the call and the house was fully [engulfed]," they wrote. "When they arrived they learned that one of the occupants may still be in the house. Fire personnel later discovered a victim believed to be an occupant of the house."