ORLEANS, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Saturday night, a residential fire on Cape Cod claimed the life of a young boy after firefighters learned one person was unaccounted for.
At around 8:40 P.M. Orleans firefighters received reports of a fire in a residence in Orleans at 177 Route 6A. When they arrived at the scene, they saw smoke coming from the second floor of a 2 1/2-story building, according to authorities.
When firefighters learned someone was unaccounted for Chief Deering ordered a second alarm to ask the surrounding communities for help. Orleans firefighters went back inside to search for the missing person, officials said.
They were able to locate the missing person, later identified as a 6-year-old boy, who had sustained serious injuries in the blaze. He was transported to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries, according to police.
Crews were able to get the fire under control in about 20 minutes.
WBZ's Tim Dunn said local and state authorities are calling the fire accidental, but are investigating the cause.
The boy's name is not being released at this time.