8-year-old boy has died following Southwest Philadelphia rowhome fire

Tim Jimenez
December 06, 2018 - 6:52 am
A closer look at the damage left behind from the overnight fire here on Ardell Street in SW Philly that left a young boy and four others hurt.

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UPDATED: 5:48 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The eight-year-old boy who was trapped and then rescued this morning from inside a burning rowhouse in Southwest Philadelphia has died.

The Philadelphia Fire Department confirms the fire marshal is now labeling the pre-dawn fire on Ardell Street, near where Island and Elmwood avenues intersect, a fatal fire investigation.

The boy was found by firefighters inside a front, second-floor bedroom and was rushed to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Fire department personnel say the Philadelphia medical examiner is now involved in the death investigation.

Deputy Fire Commissioner Tony Sneidar said firefighters arrived around 12:30 in the morning.

"The fire was on the second floor, and from our indications it had probably burned for a good period of time, because it had gone through part of the roof towards the rear of the structure," Sneidar said.

There was also an elderly man up top, according to Lamar Mitchell, who spoke to CBS3. 

"An old man was hanging out the window where the smoke was coming out, hollering, 'Where’s my grandson? Where’s my grandson?' One of my friends went in the house and tried to go up the stairs but we couldn’t make it past the top steps because it was a blazing fire," he said. 

Crews also rescued a man, believed to be the boy’s grandfather, who was found on the roof of the front porch.

Three others, including a 6-year-old girl, were able to escape on their own. 

In all, fire officials say five people were taken to hospitals. 

Mark Abrams contributed to this report.