PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A 70-year-old woman and child were killed in a fire in West Mount Erie, officials said Saturday. The incident happened just before 9 pm in the 300 block of West Mount Erie Avenue.
Police later identified the victims as 70-year-old Ellen Morris and 7-month-old Rain Fields.
The team was called to the spot just before 9 pm on Saturday night.
About 45 firefighters responded to the 300 block of West Mount Erie Avenue.
Firefighters say Fields and Morris were found on the second floor of the house.
Morris was heard at the scene, but Fields was taken to hospital, where he did not survive.
The assistant fire chief says that in addition to the Philadelphia police, Good Samaritan neighbors came forward to help the family. They say a neighbor heard a child scream, rescued the child’s mother from the first floor and then went to the back of the house to try to save the child.
“Then he went to the back of the property, where he saw a small child, who was behind the second floor of that property. He asked the child to jump. The child jumped, the neighbor caught the child. They both fell, But the neighbor broke that child’s fall,” said assistant fire chief Harry Bannan. “And that child was not hurt and that neighbor through his actions prevented some serious injuries to that child.”
Officials say no one in the neighborhood heard any alarm from the house. It is being verified.