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Wash State boy, 3, dies in house fire holding teddy bear with dog huddled by his side

October 23, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Wash State boy, 3,  dies in house fire holding teddy bear with dog huddled by his side

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Washington State firefighters were left distraught after discovering the body of Noah Whitcher, the 3-year boy died in a house fire Friday night holding his teddy bear with his dog by his side protecting him.

Brian Schaeffer, a spokesperson with the Spokane Fire Department, said the blaze ignited 11:30 p.m. on Friday night.

He added that two adults and three children managed to escape the fire. A relative of the family identified the victim as 3-year-old Noah Whitcher.

Authorities have launched an investigation into the boy’s death and what could have caused the fire, KHQ reported.

Schaffer said fire investigators believe the dog, described as a terrier mixed breed, which also died in the blaze, stayed behind to protect the boy.

Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Lori Rayburn and her husband, who live next door to the family, ran outside and attempted to extinguish the fire with a hose from their back yard

“They were yelling that there’s a baby in the house and the guys stood and put the flames out,” Rayburn says. But by the time firefighters arrived, the boy had died.

“The firemen were just very distraught; they just sat on the back of the truck crying,” Rayburn said.

Schaeffer described the heat from the fire as so intense it even melted the metal frame of the boy’s bed.

Investigators said the rental house had smoke detectors without batteries.

Relatives of the family have set up a GoFundme page if you would like to help.

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