Infant, babysitter injured in Raymore fire

bbashioum@demo-mo.comMay 1, 2013 

A four-month-old boy was critically injured from burns suffered during a Raymore house fire on Tuesday night.

South Metro firefighters at about 11 p.m. were called to a blaze in a four-plex apartment in the 200 block of Sky Vue Drive April 30.

The infant received burn injuries and was transported to Children’s Mercy Hospital by paramedics.

The babysitter who was watching the child, along with three other children, at the time of the fire, also received burn injuries on her arms in helping the children out of the home, and was transported to an area hospital.

The parents of the children were not home at the time of the fire.

At least one other resident in the four-plex was at home, but was uninjured.

Fire Chief Randy Adams said South Metro firefighters and the state fire marshal worked through the night in a joint investigation on determining a cause of the fire, which started in the living room area of the residence.

Adams said it appears wind coming through an open window possibly knocked over a lamp or caused a drape to brush against a lit candle, next to an overstuffed chair.

The injured baby was reportedly in a bassinet in the living room, near where the fire started.

The unit where the fire started is mostly destroyed due to heat and smoke damage, fire crews added.

Other units in the building received a combination of smoke, heat and water damage.

“We’re waiting on the parents lives to settle down so we can reinterview them,” Adams said. “The investigation is going to take some time, but everything we’ve found to date jives with what the caretaker said, and appears to be nothing more than a tragic accident.”

South Metro received mutual aid assistance from Belton, Grandview and West Peculiar fire departments.

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