JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB)- Neighbors in Jamestown are traumatized following a fatal apartment fire on Prendergast Avenue.
The blazed killed 22-month-old Dieandre Hubbard. Fire investigators believe the toddler was trapped in an upstairs bedroom when the fire broke out Saturday morning.
“A lieutenant went up the stairs, found heavy fire at the door immediately across from the hallway. They extinguished or knocked down the fire, they entered the bedroom and found a victim,” said Deputy Fire Chief of the Jamestown Fire Department, Chet Harvey.
Hubbard was unresponsive and lifeless at the scene, officials said. He was transported to Woman’s Christian Association Hospital in Jamestown, where he was pronounced deceased.
Neighbors who witnessed the blaze were too emotional to go on camera. The tragedy hit home for the firefighters who attempted to save the boy.
“It’s tough. One of the individuals has children of the same age,” said the Deputy Fire Chief.
Hubbard shared the two family apartment with his mother, siblings, and extended family.
“The mother and three children were living upstairs and an uncle and another individual were living downstairs. And I believe the grandfather just happened to be in the downstairs apartment at the time,” Harvey told News 4.
The rest of the family managed to escape the fire not suffering any major injuries; the Red Cross is currently assisting them.
An autopsy on Hubbard was performed by the Erie County Medical Examiner, the results of which are pending.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.