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Police identify toddler who died in Jamestown fire

JAMESTOWN – Police identified the 22-month-old boy who was killed in a fire Saturday morning as Dieandre Hubbard.

Chautauqua County Coroner Cassandra Brigham said Dieandre would have turned 2 on Dec. 1.

He died after flames consumed his second-floor bedroom in a Prendergast Avenue apartment on the city's north side.

An autopsy was conducted Saturday afternoon. The results of the autopsy were pending and the cause of the fire remained under investigation.

The blaze, reported about 8 a.m. Saturday, sent five other people to WCA Hospital for treatment. An investigation into the cause is underway.

When firefighters arrived, they were met by the toddler's mother and uncle outside the home who told them the child was trapped inside the burning two-family home at 823 Prendergast. The woman's two other children made it out safely..

Jamestown Fire Lt. Bruce Sheldon said firefighters quickly entered the apartment, where they discovered the boy's body. "The uncle was on the porch trying to get in and smash the roof," to get the toddler out, Sheldon said Sunday night.

"The bedroom where the child was, was totally engulfed in flames from the floor to the ceiling," Sheldon said. "It's sad. We couldn't do more."

The mother lived in the upstairs of the home; the uncle in the downstairs apartment.

Sheldon said another child alerted the mother to the fire, which was extinguished within five to 10 minutes.

The victim's mother was released from the hospital after treatment for smoke inhalation, Sheldon said.

The Red Cross assisted six people.



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