August 14, 2014

9-year-old boy killed in south Fort Worth house fire identified

David Ramirez, one of four boys in a house in the 6600 block of Rockdale Road that caught fire Thursday, later died of smoke and carbon monoxide inhalation.

David Ramirez, a 9-year-old child trapped in a burning house in south Fort Worth on Thursday, died after being pulled out by firefighters, who tried to revive him.

David Ramirez was among four boys in a house in the 6600 block of Rockdale Road when the flames erupted shortly after noon on Thursday, fire officials said. Ramirez died from smoke and carbon monoxide inhalation, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. The other boys escaped.

Firefighters were told by dispatchers before they arrived that a boy might be trapped inside.

“There was lots of smoke coming out of the front of the house,” Lt. Randy Townley of the Fort Worth Fire Department said Thursday “We went in there. It was hard to see, but we found the child rather quickly.”

Firefighters performed CPR on the child, who was taken by helicopter to Cook Children’s Medical Center, where he died, Fire Department spokesman Tim Hardeman said.

The other three boys — ages 2, 5 and 14 — suffered smoke inhalation and were also taken to Cook Children’s, Hardeman said. Their conditions were not immediately known.

The boys were related, but fire officials did not provide any additional details.

Neighbor Cristal Flores said neighbors tried breaking windows to get inside to rescue the trapped boy. Flores had just arrived home for lunch.

“I stepped outside and saw all that smoke,” Flores said. “One older boy near the house was all gray from the smoke. The boys were crying hard, and one was saying that one didn’t make it out.”

Flores said neighbors quickly converged on the house to help.

“They punched at the windows but they wouldn’t break,” Flores said. “I had a big rock in my yard and I told them to use that. At that time, firefighters arrived.”

One neighbor who had tried to enter the burning house to save the boy suffered smoke inhalation, Hardeman said. She was taken to a local hospital in unknown condition.

Hardeman said the mother arrived at the house just as the 9-year-old was being pulled out. There were apparently no adults home at the time, he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, fire officials said.

Flores said the family in the burned house had not been in the neighborhood long.

“One minute no one was outside, and the next, everybody was out trying to help,” Flores said as she stood trembling.

“It’s one thing to watch a fire on television, but it’s another thing to watch your neighbors trying to save kids in a fire. That’s why I’m shaking so much.”

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