Trapped 7-year-old boy dies in Conn. house fire

October 25, 2011 - 12:55 PM

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy who was trapped on the top floor of a burning house died in the early-morning fire in Connecticut.

Assistant Chief Dominick Carfi said firefighters arrived shortly after 5 a.m. Monday, responding to a report of a person trapped on the third floor of a three-story house in Bridgeport.

The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit.ly/rg4SuA ) that the family identified the child as Carl Jean-Baptiste.

Firefighters were initially unable to search the third floor because the fire was too heavy. They found the boy lying next to his bed.

The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/qinfeq) that the child's mother, grandmother and six others escaped.

The cause was not immediately known. Calls to the fire department and spokeswoman for Mayor Bill Finch were not returned.

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Information from: WFSB-TV, http://www.wfsb.com