7-year-old dies after Southwest Philadelphia house fire

May 27, 2013 9:56:47 AM PDT
A 7-year-old girl, who was critically injured in a house fire in Southwest Philadelphia, died over the weekend from her injuries.

Fire crews were called out to the 6500 block of Windsor Avenue just after 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

"The bedrooms, kitchen, dining room and everything pretty much ruined," said Kim Moore.

Moore was working an overnight shift when she got a phone call. Her house was on fire and her four children and two cousins were inside.

"I heard all the screaming so I came outside," said neighbor Jacqueline Brooks.

The house had working smoke detectors and almost everyone was able to get out.

"He told them to grab each others' hands as he was coming out. She must have let his hand go," said Brooks.

Several family members tried to go back inside for 7-year-old Rakeeba Jefferies. However it wasn't until the fire was out that firefighters were able to find her.

Neighbors were standing in their yards when she was rushed out in critical condition.

"She rode right by us. My grandkids started crying because they know her and she was burned up. She wasn't responding. Everyone started crying," said Brooks.

Rakeeba later died at the hospital.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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