Family, Including 5-Year-Old Boy Injured in North Spokane Fire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Family, Including 5-Year-Old Boy Injured in North Spokane Fire

SPOKANE, Wash.- Flames rip through a North Spokane home sending 5 people to the hospital, including a 5-year-old little boy trapped in the home's basement, and the boy's Grandmother. The family tells KHQ the little boy, Jerryth Kilmer-Butler, suffered from severe smoke inhalation and barely escaped the fire alive.

The fire broke out in the basement of a home at 1014 East Princeton Ave just after 8am Friday. Witnesses say paralyzing screams could be heard from outside of the home, believed to be desperate cries for help from Jerryth and his many family members frantically fighting through the flames to save him.

"I saw the Dad, he came downstairs and went back and tried to get the kid, he was really close to him he couldn't do it, he couldn't breathe," said neighbor Alyssa Pinney.

"I was scared for the family," said eye witness Chantel Burrows "I didn't know if they were going to lose the kid or not."

A fire spokesman says firefighters fought through the flames and smoke on the first floor, went down to the basement to retrieve the boy, and using thermal technology they were able to save him with in minutes before the fire took out the home's basement.

  "Really, they said they only had seconds, when they tell me that its a serious," said Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer "Just a minute more and the boy wouldn't have been able to survive."

The family tells KHQ that Jerryth is in a medicated coma with a breathing tube down his throat, and is expected to remain that way for several days. Doctors say he should make a full recovery. The family also says the boy's Grandmother is in a hyperbaric chamber after suffering from a seizure, she is expected to recover as well. The three other family members injured in the fire were released from the hospital later this afternoon.

If you want to help out the family, they have set up two different ways to donate. The first at the Boys and Girls Club on Providence and also at the Rising Phoenix Tattoo Shop on Garland.

*This web story was filed by reporter Kaitlyn Bolduc.

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