LOWELL (CBS) – A 3-year-old boy died following a large house fire early Friday morning in Lowell.
The fire was reported just before 7 a.m. on Parker Street. Heavy flames and smoke could be seen pouring from the house.
During a press conference Friday morning, officials confirmed that the young child died as a result of the fire.
Two other residents and one firefighter remain hospitalized.
The child was in a back bedroom, and firefighters had a difficult time accessing the room because of heavy flames.
“Unfortunately the firefighters weren’t able to get in there because of the heat and heavy fire coming up the basement stairs,” said Lowell Fire Chief Jeff Winward
Neighbor Sophianie Em told police she heard the boy’s mother crying for help.
“My dad and mom pounded on the window and told me to call somebody,” Em said.
“I went to check on family first, and all I heard was ‘My son is in there I don’t know what to do.’”
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
The state fire marshal’s office said it is too early to know if the home had working smoke detectors.
A total of 10 residents lived in the building, which includes three apartments. All residents are accounted for.
“It’s a very difficult day for our firefighters, some of who have young children themselves,” said Winward. “It’s a difficult day for all of us.”
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kendall Buhl reports