8-month-old dies in house fire

AARON KENNEDY/akennedy@ftimes.comFIRE: Frankfort Firefighters were dispatched to a house fire that claimed the life of an 8-month-old boy in the 1300 block of W. Jefferson Street on Monday morning in Frankfort.

Frankfort Firefighters were dispatched to a house fire in the 1300 block of W. Jefferson Street at 10:09 a.m. Monday morning. Upon arrival, firefighters found the house fully engulfed in flames. Eight off-duty firefighters were called in to provide coverage for the rest of the city.

Firefighters were alerted to the possibility a child was still in the home. Search and rescue operations took place as fire suppression tactics were underway. The home was occupied at the time of the fire by a father and three children. Two of the children were able to escape the house with their father. The third child, an eight-month-old boy, did not escape and perished in the fire.

Frankfort Police Department and Clinton County EMS personnel were both on scene to assist firefighters. One of the police officers was treated for smoke inhalation and minor facial burns. No additional injuries to rescue workers were reported.

Frankfort Fire Chief John Kirby commended the firefighters, police and EMS for “their heroic efforts to save all lives and mitigate damage.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” Kirby said. “Loss of life in any situation is horrible, but when it’s a child, it is heartbreaking.”

Frankfort’s Faith Family Church is assisting the family with temporary housing. Anyone who wishes to help the family can contact the church at 659-3011

The fire is still under investigation at this time.