Trapped 7-year-old boy dies in Conn. house fire

October 25, 2011 - 1:55 PM

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy who was trapped on the top floor of a burning house died in the early-morning fire in Connecticut.

Assistant Chief Dominick Carfi said firefighters arrived shortly after 5 a.m. Monday, responding to a report of a person trapped on the third floor of a three-story house in Bridgeport.

The Connecticut Post reports ( ) that the family identified the child as Carl Jean-Baptiste.

Firefighters were initially unable to search the third floor because the fire was too heavy. They found the boy lying next to his bed.

The Hartford Courant reports ( that the child's mother, grandmother and six others escaped.

The cause was not immediately known. Calls to the fire department and spokeswoman for Mayor Bill Finch were not returned.


Information from: WFSB-TV,