HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (FOX 2) - Despite the heroic efforts of many, a toddler was killed in a house fire overnight in Detroit Friday. One adult and another child were seriously hurt.
Three adults and five young kids were asleep in the 13000 block of MacKay when a fire broke out around 1 a.m. Most were able to get out, except a 2-year-old and 3-year-old boy who were trapped upstairs.
A neighbor Orlando Tyler and another man busted out a window to try and save them.
"The baby's father kept saying, 'My son is still in there!' Tyler remembers hearing. "[The other man] jumped on my back, reached in the window and grabbed the baby but he couldn't get the baby out fully. So him hanging out the window, I climbed in window with him."
Tyler brought the 3-year-old, who we are told had burns to 60 percent of his little body, back to his family's house until emergency crews arrived. We are told the child's mother and the other kids, ages 6 months to 5 years, were there, too.
"He skin was hanging off her arms. She was saying, 'I'm burning! I'm cold!' And I'm like, 'I'm sorry, baby, I can't cover you up because you can't be covered when you're burned,' and she said, 'It burns! It burns!'" says neighbor Delores Kirk.
Despite Tyler and the other man's many attempts they could not get to the 2-year old. The smoke and flames were just too much to bear.
The Hamtramck fire department was the first to respond and two Hamtramck firefighters also suffered burns trying to rescue the child, who unfortunately passed away from his injuries.
Hours later the fire is out but the sadness over what happened here remains, and is overwhelming.
"I wanted to get to the baby at the top but we couldn't get to the baby at the top," Tyler said.
The cause of the fire isn't known right now right now but it appears it was likely accidental, possibly electrical.