Investigators ID 5-Year-Old Who Died in Paris House Fire
A Tuesday house fire in the town of Paris has claimed the life of a child.
UPDATE: The State Fire Marshal's Office has identified the deceased as Alek Packard. Officials have confirmed that he did sustain injuries in the fire, but the exact cause of death is still pending further investigation. Foul play is not suspected.
The State Fire Marshal's Office says the fire was reported Tuesday afternoon at 31 Nichols Street in Paris. According to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss, a woman was in the house when the fire broke out, along with her 3 young children. She was able to get her 3-year-old and 9-month-old daughters out of the fire but was unable to locate her 5-year-old son. Firefighters located the boy, who was unresponsive. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was declared deceased. An autopsy will be conducted to determine cause of death.
Now, fire investigators are working to determine how the fire started.
We'll update this story as more details become available.