BALTIMORE - An 8-year-old boy who saved his sister and risked his life to search for his brother inside their burning West Baltimore home has died.
Neighbors say Decerio Coley, age 8, and his two siblings were trapped on the third floor of a burning row house in the 300 block of North Bruce Street Monday.
Coley dangled his 4-year-old sister out the window of their burning home, dropping her to safety in the arms of family and neighbors below. The boy then left the window to search the burning house for his younger brother, Sean McCullough, age 7.
Neither boy emerged, and firefighters later found the brothers unconscious inside the house.
McCullough was taken to Shock Trauma where he died Monday morning. Coley died at the hospital Tuesday, fire officials said.
The 4-year-old sister was doing well and back with family members Monday morning. Three adults also escaped the burning home from the basement, but were unable to reach the children.
Editor's note: The Baltimore City Fire Department said Tuesday afternoon Coley had died when he was still alive and critical condition. He died later in the day Tuesday.