UPDATE: Child Dies from Injuries in Fire

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Springfield Fire Department confirms a 4 year old child has died from injuries suffered in a house fire Thursday.

Department spokesperson Cara Erwin says Ben Garrison died just before 2:00 a.m. at Mercy Hospital, from severe burns he received in the house in the 2100 block of W. Lee Street.

The boy’s father and 18-month old brother were taken to the hospital.  The extent of their injuries were not disclosed.

According to a news release from the Springfield Fire Department, Investigators believe the father was sleeping and awoke to the house filling with smoke. He rescued the 18-month-old but could not immediately find the 4-year-old. A neighbor was able to kick in the back door and found the boy unconscious in the area of origin of the fire.

The release said one smoke alarm was found in the residence with a battery, but the battery was placed in the alarm backwards, so it did not function.

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental, Erwin said, but the specific cause has not been determined.


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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Fire Department said a 4-year-old boy sustained “significant” injuries in a house fire Thursday afternoon.

Springfield Fire Department Public Information Officer Cara Erwin said firefighters were called to a home in the 2100 block of West Lee Street around 3:40 p.m.

Upon arriving, firefighters found two children and an adult outside the home.

Erwin said the adult was sleeping when the fire broke out. After awakening, the adult was able to get a 1-year-old infant out of the home.

A neighbor came to help and rescued the 4-year-old boy from the home.

Erwin said all three victims were sent to the hospital to receive treatment for their injuries.
 

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