FORTWORTH A child was pronounced dead and three others treated after a fire broke out at a home Thursday afternoon in the 6600 block of Rockdale Rd. in Fort Worth.
'It's kind of the worst case scenario for this job we do,' said Lt. Randy Townley, with the Fort Worth Fire Department. 'It's kind of the last thing we want to hear is we lost a child.'
MedStar reported four children ages 2, 5, 9, and 14 were inside the home when the fire broke out.
While three relatives were able to escape, neighbors frantically tried to rescue the 9-year-old boy, who didn't emerge from the home.
'They were taking the screens off and punching the windows to try to break the windows,' said Cristal Flores. 'And I was like, 'I have a rock, I have a rock.''
Another woman, 19-year-old Charity Parker, broke through two windows, but said the smoke was too thick to get inside the house.
'The mailman was trying to hit the front door, it was stuck, we couldn't get in,' she said. 'So, we broke out two windows.'
Parker was treated for smoke inhalation at the hospital, but released later in the day.
The thick smoke and heat proved to be tough for firefighters, too. They struggled to extinguish the fire in 93-degree weather, and crews at the scene poured water onto men as they exited the home.
Flores said she watched in horror as firefighters eventually brought the boy out of the home. His body was lifeless.
'When we found him, he was not breathing,' Townley said.
A man sobbing at the scene said he was a father of children inside the home. It was unclear if he was the father of the deceased 9-year-old boy.
With an investigation into the fire underway, firefighters were unable to say if there were any adults inside the home at the time the blaze broke out.