Boy Injured in Baltimore Fire in Critical Condition

The little boy who risked his life to save his younger brother and sister, who were trapped in their burning home in West Baltimore, remained in critical condition Tuesday, reports The Baltimore Sun.

Decerio Coley, 8, had suffered life-threatening injuries Monday when he managed to rescue their 4-year-old sister, throwing her from a window into the arms of onlookers below, according to city fire department officials, family and neighbors.

He returned back into the flames to try to rescue his 7-year-old brother, Sean McCullough, who was trapped on the second floor. McCullough died after firefighters arrived on the scene.

The boy’s grandfather, Angelo Jones, said Tuesday afternoon that the family gathered at the hospital to consider taking the child off life support.

A spokeswoman for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center confirmed the boy was in critical condition.

Earlier Tuesday, the fire department had sent out a news release saying that the boy had died. Fire Department spokesman Ian Brennan said the media relations unit had received and sent along the incorrect information before seeing a medical pronouncement of death.

“Our fire marshal went personally to the hospital” to deal with the situation, Brennan said, and the fire marshal and chief Niles L. Ford met Tuesday to figure out how the error was made.

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