BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) – More than 50 firefighters were dispatched to a fire in the Bronx that killed a 12-year-old girl on Saturday, according to a spokesperson for the FDNY.
Emergency personnel responded to a 911 call for a fire on Boyd Avenue at around 4:20 p.m. It took 14 fire units and a crew of 70 firefighters to put out the blaze at the private two-story house, a spokesperson for the FDNY said.
When the fire was extinguished, firefighters discovered a 12-year-old girl with burns to her body. She was pronounced dead at the scene. A 7-year-old boy was taken to Jacobi Medical Center with injuries, police sources said.
The 12-year-old girl was napping at the time of the fire, her mother told PIX11 News. She loved music and her iPad and always had a smile on her face.
The girl had Down syndrome and was about to turn 13 on Sunday. Her family moved to the area less than a year ago.
An investigation into the cause of the fire remained ongoing.
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