11-year-old child died trying to rescue family dog in house fire

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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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  1. I had a hard time reading your gmail early this morning!! It said someone was posing as you trying to get my financial revitds, etc. Anywsy the story about the young boy was so sad! The dog was safe but he didn’t know. God bless you little guy! You are Sheri kn my eyes to brave the waves of the fires ?!!

  2. This young boy had a heart of gold. He wanted to be sure his sweet fur friend was safe and didn’t realize the danger he was putting himself in. It’s such a tragedy that this young man lost his life. Prayers for his family and may he Rest In Peace. The comments above are right, he was a sensitive and caring person. He loved. ?

  3. Thoughts and Prayers for the Family of young David, (May he Rest In Peace) that they may find Comfort and Peace through the Love surrounding them at this tragic time. Heaven is blessed indeed to have David among the ever growing throng of Angels who watch over the faithful by day and night. He was a very brave and loving child of whom his mother will always be proud.


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