1 child dead, 1 injured in Lakewood, NJ fire

January 4, 2013 9:46:12 AM PST
One child is dead and another child was critically injured after a fire in Lakewood, New Jersey on Friday morning.

The fire broke out at the home at 644 Stirling Avenue just after 2 a.m. Rescuers were delayed, officials said, because of a language barrier. A misunderstanding initially sent them to the wrong address.

Police arrived on the scene to find a mother holding her two-year-old son and a father frantically running between the house an outside, with a nine-year-old son in front of the house.

However, their six-year-old son was still inside.

There was heavy smoke and fire in the upper floors. Two Lakewood officers entered the home and tried to make their way up the staircase to the bedroom but were pushed back by the flames.

The officers then tried with a ladder to enter the home through a window, and upon breaking the glass one officer suffered cuts to his wrist and a shard of glass in an eye.

Firefighters then arrived and were able to make entry, where they discovered a 6-year-old boy in an upstairs bedroom unconscious.

The 6-year-old was brought outside and CPR was immediately performed before he was transferred to Kimball Medical Center. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The boy's 9-year-old brother was also rushed to the hospital in critical condition suffering burns and smoke inhalation.

The mother, father and 2-year-old appear to have non-life threatening injuries.

The two officers, along with two EMTs, also suffered smoke inhalation. All are in stable condition.