Fatal Fire Under Investigation
On Tuesday, June 18, 2013 the Winchester Emergency Communications Center received a call at 12:38 p.m. in reference to a structure fire at 300/302 North Kent Street. When units arrived on scene fire and heavy smoke were coming out of the front of the house.
Emergency personnel were informed that a child was still inside of the house. A number of sheriff’s deputies, police officers, and firefighters attempted to go inside of the house to rescue the child, but the fire and smoke were too heavy. The child was pronounced dead at the hospital. The identity of the child is not being released until next-of-kin are notified. A woman and another child were also taken to Winchester Medical Center. The woman is being transported to a burn center.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The house is divided into four apartments. Two of the apartments are vacant.
Units from all city fire stations responded to the incident with assistance from 13 Winchester Police Department Units, five Frederick County stations, and four units from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
No emergency personnel were injured.
As additional information becomes available it will be released by the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department.
This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office) Lcummings@ci.winchester.va.us
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