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Raleigh fire sends baby, child to hospital

Posted December 14, 2011

— An infant and young child were hospitalized after a two-alarm apartment fire early Wednesday, Raleigh fire officials said.

Firefighters said a 911 caller reported the fire in an apartment complex at 1534 N. Raleigh Blvd. at 4:25 a.m. Heavy smoke and flames were pouring from the two-story building when crews arrived. About 50 firefighters labored for a half-hour to bring the blaze under control.

An infant and his 4- or 5-year-old brother suffered smoke inhalation and went into respiratory arrest, firefighters said. EMS workers treated them at the scene, and the children were then sent to WakeMed.

The infant was later flown to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

The mother of the children also suffered cuts and injuries from a fall, according to the incident report. She was also being treated at UNC Hospitals. 

The fire damaged two apartments, displacing four people. The Red Cross responded to help them find food and temporary shelter.

Children injured in north Raleigh fire Children injured in north Raleigh fire

Neighbor Janet Roland said that the apartment where the fire started belongs to a single mother of four. The woman's two daughters were staying with their grandmother at the time of the fire. Roland said the infant injured in the fire already had a respiratory condition. 

Investigators say that cooking food left unattended caused the fire, the report states.

The apartment building had smoke detectors but not sprinklers.


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  • michellegill1981 Dec 16, 2011

    Thank you for your desire to help. They are still at UNC hospital. When released they will stay with the grandmother where the 2 sisters are staying. Everything they owned was lost in the fire. Their sizes are
    18 months boy (Zadeek) clothing 2T/3T shoe size 5W
    4 1/2 boy (Tizade) clothing 5T shoe size 7
    8 girl (Sonia) clothing 10/12 shoe size 7
    10 girl (Yadia) clothing 12/14 shoe size 9 1/2 10
    Mother L-XL 12/14 blouse, 14/16 jeans dress pants, shoe size 11
    Their immediate need is underwear and socks. Thanks again, michellegill1981@yahoo.com

  • westernwake1 Dec 14, 2011

    Let's hope these young children recover quickly.

  • saywhaaaaat Dec 14, 2011

    I couldn't imagine what the parents are going through right now. My prayers are with them.

  • TipTip Dec 14, 2011

    I love the fact that everyone is coming together to help this family. I also have clothing that i would love to donate for the children and the 2 adults that were hurt. WRAL failed to mention that the parents were also hurt, but I did read it on another news website. My prayer go out to the family!!

  • Fireflies Rock Dec 14, 2011

    How devastating....sending good wishes to these children that the doctors are able to heal them

  • CAVELADY2 Dec 14, 2011

    do they need any other sizes like for adults? both of my kids are 8yrs and 10 years

  • michellegill1981 Dec 14, 2011

    I am waiting to hear on the sizes but the children are 12(g) 10 (g) 4 1/2 (b) 18months (b) I am waiting to hear back on their sizes. They will be thankful for anything!

  • lalau0518 Dec 14, 2011

    I have clothes that I can donate as well.

  • michellegill1981 Dec 14, 2011

    Please email me. michellegill1981@hotmail.com I am their neighbor and spoke to her mother. I can get any clothes or toys to them! The mother and 2 boys are recovering in UNC.

  • FromClayton Dec 14, 2011

    i agree with redwidow. i have infant clothes.