An 11-year-old boy died on Tuesday night trying to rescue the family dog from a house fire in their St. Augustine, Florida home. Authorities stated the child’s mother and her teenage daughter were able to escape safely.
The St. Johns Fire and Rescue responded to the fire; the home had been engulfed in flames and confirmed the death of David Taylor. The child was overcome by smoke, and despite efforts to resuscitate him, the youngster died.
“SJCFR and SAFD are on scene of a residential structure fire in the 1000 block of Lee Street. Upon arrival crews found a single story residential structure heavily involved in flames.
First arriving firefighters were informed that one person was still inside the home. Firefighters immediately made entry into the home and began a search locating one victim deceased in the structure. The fire was brought under control without further incident and at this time crews are remaining on scene for salvage and overhaul operations.
The cause of the fire as well as the death investigation will be conducted by SJCFR, the State Fire Marshals Office and the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.”
According to CBSAction News, the mother and two children woke up as the fire alarm was going off. They exited through a bedroom window. The youngster ran back in to save his dog, but unknown to David, the dog had already made it safely out of the home.
An uncle in the family told media news David’s sister had tragically drowned years ago.
David was a sixth grade student at the R.J. Murray Middle School. He loved football and played on the school’s team.
Rest in peace David.
(Photo of 11-year-old David Taylor via screenshot News4Jax)
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