A 9-year-old boy has died after a house fire in Meriden on Monday morning.
The fire happened at a home on Davis Street near its intersection with Parker Avenue South around 7:15 a.m.
Officials reported that two people were rescued from the fire. Police said the victims were a mother and a 9-year-old boy.
Police said the child has died from injuries suffered in the fire while the unidentified mother was in critical condition. The names of the mother and child were not released on Monday.
Officers put up police tape around the house at 13 Davis St.
The investigation into the fire was "conducted as one 'suspicious in nature' based upon the information provided by the Fire Marshall and members of the Meriden Fire Department."
"There were flames coming out of this windows and the window there, big flames," eyewitness Ana Roman said.
Neighbors recorded smoke billowing out of the home and reported seeing a boy being carried out on a stretcher.
"I saw the firefighters breaking the door, then I saw a little boy, he's like 7 or 8 [years old], was taken down in a stretcher and so I ran," Roman said.
It appears that most of the damage was done to the second floor of the home.
"It was a crazy, chaotic scene here this morning," said Bryan Charlton, who said he woke up to the smell of smoke. "Someone in the house smelled it and they came running into my room because my window has the view of the house."
Detectives had been combing the scene since the flames were doused on Monday morning. However, there's no word on a cause.
"There are a lot of parts to this and we just haven't put them all together yet," Meriden Fire Chief Ken Morgan said.
The 9-year-old child was attending third grade at Israel Putnam School.
"The Meriden Public Schools faced a terrible tragedy this morning as a house fire took the life of a 9 year old student who was in the third grade at Israel Putnam School. Our hearts go out to the family," Meriden Superintendent of Schools Mark D. Benigni said in a statement on Monday.
Support staff will be at Israel Putnam School on Tuesday to help students and staff.