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November 3, 2014 at 6:44 AM

Baby killed in house fire near Olympia

UPDATE, 1:35 p.m. | A woman who left her infant son alone in a bedroom where a hotplate was being used for heat is being investigated for manslaughter in his death, the Thurston County sheriff’s office said.The 18-month-old was not in a crib. The hotplate with an open coil sat on a floor covered with clothes, said Lt. Cliff Ziesemer. The hotplate apparently overheated or possibly came in contact with clothes that started the fire, he said.

The mother allegedly was outside the home, eating at another house on the property, when the fire broke out about 5 a.m. Monday about 10 miles northwest of Olympia, Ziesemer said.

She suffered a third-degree burn to her nose and smoke inhalation trying to get back inside. She was treated at an Olympia hospital and transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, he said. Detectives were investigating her for negligence.

The father was in jail at the time, having been arrested about 2 a.m. for driving with a suspended license, Ziesemer said.

There had been two similar bedroom fires in the home in the past two months that were not reported, he said.

Thurston County Fire District 13 says the house was burning when firefighters arrived. They were unable to reach the child because of the flames.

UPDATE, 10:35 a.m. | An infant has died in an early Monday fire in a home at 7030 Steamboat Island Road, northwest of Olympia.
Fire crews responded to a fully-involved structure fire at 4:55 a.m., where it’s believed the fire started in the baby’s room and quickly spread to the rest of the house, according to reports from The Olympian.The baby’s mother awakened to the fire and attempted to rescue the child but was unable to. She has minor burns to her face and arms, the newspaper reported on its website.Firefighters attempted to reach the infant as well, but due to the amount of fire, was unable to reach the child. The fire was extinguished and the Thurston County Coroner’s Office, along with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office was called to take control of the scene.
There were two adults and a child in a separate home in a different part of the house. They made it out safely, but no one could reach the infant in time.

ORIGINAL POST | An infant has been killed in a house fire near Olympia, according to reports from KIRO.

Thurston County firefighters responded to the fire on Steamboat Island Road Northwest early this morning.

Firefighters say at least two families lived in the house and the fire may have started in the baby’s room, according to reports. Everyone else made it safely out of the house.

The mother tried to go back inside to save her child, but she was not able to get the baby out, KIRO reported. The mother suffered burns while trying to save the infant.


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