One child was killed and another was in critical condition after a house fire Friday afternoon in Harvey.
A 4-year-old boy, identified as Jonathan Brackens, died even though a neighbor rushed into the burning home at 1331 Pailet Ave. in an effort to save him and his younger brother, said Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
The fire was reported about 3:15 p.m.
While first responders were on their way to the home, 60-year-old Desmond Bryan, who lives nearby on Estalote Avenue, saw the home burning, Fortunato said. As he walked to the home, he saw a woman run out of the house and shout that her children were still inside.
Bryan made several unsuccessful attempts to enter the home through back and side doors. He then kicked open the front door and crawled inside to look for the children, Fortunato said.
Bryan found one of the boys outside a bedroom and grabbed him, then found the other in a nearby bedroom.
He rushed outside with the children and was met by a deputy who helped get them to the sidewalk.
Paramedics then took the boys to West Jefferson Medical Center. Johiah Brackens, 2, was transferred to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, where he was in critical condition Friday evening, Fortunato said.
The boys’ mother, Darrineka Brackens, was not able to provide detectives with any information about how the fire might have started, Fortunato said.
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