Taylor mom and son, 2, killed in house fire, 4-year-old daughter hospitalized
A Taylor mom and her 2-year-old son were killed as a result of a house fire in the city late Thursday.
The identity of the 23-year-old mother and her son have not yet been released. Another child, a 4-year-old girl, is hospitalized at Children's Hospital. Her condition has not yet been released, Taylor Fire officials said Friday.
The deadly fire broke out around 11 p.m. Thursday at a home in the area of Jackson between Hayes and Champaign near Pelham and Ecorse roads. It appears the fire started in the basement of the home, said Taylor Fire Department spokesman Karl Ziomek.
"Taylor Fire (is) still investigating incident, but no foul play is suspected," Ziomek said Friday in a press release.
Neighbor Lisa Hall said the family moved to the house in late spring or summer.
She said the father of the children was away at work when the fire started.
Hall said she smelled the smoke and initially thought that it was her own house, she said Friday.
The neighbor said she later saw the smoke billowing from windows of the house and firefighters trying to get into the front door where a Christmas tree was located.
Hall said the close-knit neighborhood is "shocked and devastated."