6-year-old critically hurt in Taylor Street house fire

January 1, 2019

A 6-year-old child was critically injured in a fire early today that heavily damaged a Taylor Street home, Fort Wayne firefighters said.

A pedestrian who noticed the fire approached the home and broke out a first-floor window to pull an adult woman to safety before firefighters arrived, the Fort Wayne Fire Department said in a statement.

Firefighters were called about 4:15 a.m. to a fire in the 1300 block of Taylor, finding heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear of the first floor, where the kitchen was located, the statement said.

It said firefighters found a 6-year-old child on the second floor. The child was taken to a local hospital.

The fire, which was controlled within 40 minutes, remains under investigation, the statement said. It said Fort Wayne police, American Electric Power, Neighborhood Code Enforcement, the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. and the American Red Cross assisted.

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