Pregnant mom runs into burning home to save child; both die

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Officials say a pregnant mother ran into her burning Philadelphia row house to rescue her toddler but died along with the child when smoke prevented their escape.

The fire broke out around 4 a.m. Friday in the city’s Fairhill neighborhood.

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer says the woman initially escaped the blaze with other relatives but realized her toddler was missing. He says she ran inside to save the child.

She was found holding the child near a second-floor bedroom doorway. He says heavy smoke and flames prevented them from getting out.

The fire’s cause is under investigation, but five space heaters were found throughout the house. Executive Chief Clifford Gilliam says the home had no working smoke detectors.

Two adults and four children were taken to a hospital. Gilliam says they’re in stable condition. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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