Young Boy Dies in Louisiana Apartment Fire

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A 2-year-boy was killed and an infant boy suffered burns in an apartment fire in eastern New Orleans, authorities said.

The cause of Thursday night's blaze was under investigation, Fire Chief Charles Parent said.

The older boy was pronounced dead at the scene. The 5-month-old boy was being treated for second-degree burns. Two other children, a 5-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl, escaped serious injury, authorities said.

The relationships between the children were unclear.

Officials said the children's mothers were asleep at the time of the fire and did not wake until the flames were roaring through the apartment. Parent said the apartment did not have a working smoke detector.

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