Medical examiner: 4-year-old boy killed in apartment fire is identified
OKLAHOMA CITY – Authorities say a little boy who died following an apartment fire in Oklahoma City has been identified.
Early Tuesday morning, firefighters rushed to the London Square Apartments after getting a frantic 911 call from neighbors.
“There’s a big fire,” she said to a dispatcher. “There’s a baby inside, and we can’t get him out. There’s a lady in there, too.”
A group of five neighbors took action quickly, grabbing whatever they could get their hands on.
“Water buckets, pots, pans, whatever we could find. If it had water in it, we were going to throw it,” one neighbor said. “We could at least keep it from spreading. I think we did a good job. It was starting to spread to the breezeway, but we were able to keep it just to that apartment.”
Investigators said there were four people inside the apartment when the flames took over.
Not everyone made it out.
“It was reported to us that the mother had taken the two infants out first and was on her way back inside to try to get the 4-year-old when she was overtaken by the fire,” said Benny Fulkerson, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.
Firefighters were able to find the woman and get her out of the home through a window. A short time later, they discovered the 4-year-old boy.
Tragically, the little boy died from his injuries.
According to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office, the boy was identified as 4-year-old Zcarice Zeus Moore. Officials determined that he died from smoke inhalation from the fire.
His manner of death has been ruled an accident.
A GoFundMe account has been created by a family friend for funeral and medical expenses.