A 3-year-old boy died early this morning when a fire swept through a Bellevue home.
Authorities were called to a duplex in the 800 block of 141st Place Southeast at 1:21 a.m. When firefighters and police arrived they saw flames shooting from the back and front of the home and heard a woman outside saying “The baby’s inside, The baby’s inside,” said Bellevue police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate.
The boy’s 23-year-old mother and a 19-year-old roommate escaped the fire; the mother made it to safety by climbing through a window, Iafrate said. When authorities arrived the child’s mother was attempting to get back into the home to rescue the boy, Iafrate added.
Fire crews went to the second floor of the home and found the child. Medics performed CPR until reaching Harborview Medical Center, in Seattle. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, Iafrate said.
The child’s mother was taken to Harborview to be evaluated, the roommate stayed behind and helped investigators.
Ten dogs in the backyard of the duplex were taken by Regional Animal Services King County, Iafrate said.
No one else was hurt.
The blaze does not appear to be suspicious, Iafrate said. An official cause or damage estimate has not yet been released.
Fire crews from Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland and Mercer Island helped put out the fire.