GEORGES TOWNSHIP (KDKA) –- A baby boy lost his life when a massive fire erupted at a home in Fayette County early Saturday morning.
According to the Fayette County Coroner, 10-month-old Jace Haines is believed to have died from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide exposure in the fire. He was found in his bedroom.
“Just to see it, it tore us up,” said Stan Flasher, a neighbor, “and then we found out about the loss and that’s hard, a young baby.”
Emergency officials said the blaze broke out around 5 a.m. at the wood-frame house on Morgantown Road in Georges Township.
A neighbor who did not want to be identified said that the boy’s mother, identified as Kelly Myers, came out coughing and breathing heavily from the thick smoke. She called out her son’s name and tried to go back and save him but the flames were too strong.
Officials say Myers’ boyfriend and two other children were away from home when the fire started.
“That was a blessing from God, the two children were out somewhere else,” said Flasher. “He was out on, I think, a gig with music, so that was a blessing, but the young child didn’t make it.”
The boy was rushed to the hospital, but was later pronounced dead.
Flasher, who is a local minister, says he and the community will continue to offer prayers and support for the family.
“I talked to her and him and offered our condolences and prayers,” he said. “If they need anything, I don’t know what we can do, but we can do something
The fire is considered accidental, but the state police fire marshal is still investigating the cause.