Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Pregnant woman and toddler die in fire
A seven-months pregnant mother and her 2-year-old son have died from an early morning fire in Queens. The toddler died at an area hospital just hours after being transported with serious injuries.
Reports say the fire began before 5 a.m. when a couch was set ablaze on the second floor of a 2 1/2-story attached house located at 179-56 Anderson Road in St. Albans. The couch fire developed into an all-hands fire by 5 a.m.
Neighbors told PIX11 News that they did not hear any disturbance before the fire broke out.
According to the FDNY, the person who called the fire into 911 gave the wrong address. Firefighters arrived at a nearby intersection, but observed smoke coming out of the Anderson Road house.
According to FDNY Fire Chief Paul Ferro, though there was an operational smoke detector in the home, it was placed too low on the wall and and could not sense the smoke.
Neighbor Claudine Chang described the pregnant victim as a "young girl trying to find her way."
"[She was] pregnant with someone she was not with, who wanted nothing to do with the baby," said Chang.
Officials have yet to identify the mother or her son.
Homicide detectives were on the scene, and reports say cops may be searching for the victim's boyfriend.
Unconfirmed reports say this may be an arson case, but the cause of the fire is under investigation.
I hope this had nothing to do with it.