Officials identify boy who died in Fort Worth house fire

08/15/2014 8:14 PM

08/15/2014 8:15 PM

The boy who died Thursday after firefighters pulled him out of a burning house was identified Friday as David Ramirez, 9.

David was one of four boys in a house in the 6600 block of Rockdale Road when the flames erupted shortly after noon Thursday, fire officials said.

David died of 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 and David was found in a hallway shortly after firefighters entered the house.

“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 David, 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 for treatment, Hardeman said.

No adults were home at the time of the fire.

Investigators are investigating to determine what started the fire, Hardman said.

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