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Infant Dies in Durham House Fire

Posted April 14, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A 9-month-old infant died in a fire Monday at 406 Canal Street in Durham. His 2-year-old brother, also in the house at the time, was rescued by a neighbor.

Investigators say the children had been left alone in the house while their mother, Tammy Gaddy, went across the street to use a telephone. The fire broke out at about 1:30 p.m. in a mattress in a first-floor bedroom. That's where the children, 9-month-old DeMario Gaddy and 2-year-old Christopher Gaddy, were at the time.

Neighbor Serita Richardson said she heard Tammy Gaddy screaming that her children were still inside the house as another neighbor came out of the house with the 2-year-old.

Neighbor Terry Davis told WRAL-TV5's Bret Baier that he knew the children were inside when he saw smoke and fire. He went inside and got the 2-year-old out, but could not get to the infant when he went in again.

Investigators say they believe the fire was accidental, although a cause has not been determined.