WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A two-alarm fire that swept through a
Worcester apartment killing a 3-year-old boy probably started as
the boy played with matches, according to fire officials.
The boy, Diantia Schuler, lived in the second-floor apartment on
Gardner Terrace with his mother, Alicia Turner, and a 9-month-old
sibling.
Turner told investigators she believed her son was playing with
matches or a lighter when the blaze started Saturday at about 3
p.m., said Worcester Fire District Chief Stuart Howe.
Turner managed to escape the flames with the infant. But the
intense heat apparently beat back rescuers trying to reach the
toddler.
"My people were telling me that they hadn't experienced heat
like that in a long time," Howe said.
Firefighters found the child in a second-floor bedroom, near a
window.
The boy was transported to Worcester Medical Center, where he
died was pronounced dead.

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