BALTIMORE - Investigators are still working to determine the cause of a fire and building collapse in East Baltimore that killed a child who was walking by when it happened.
It happened at a home in the 400 block of North Lakewood Avenue, around 3 p.m. -- right after school dismissed.
William Paca Elementary-Middle School is located just a block to the South. Children had been walking up Lakewood Avenue and some of them were close to the end-of-group row home when much of the back side of the building collapsed, witnesses said.
“Fire department units were removing the rubble and doing a search and discovered the body underneath the rubble,” said Ian Brennan, a spokesman for the Baltimore City Fire Department.
The victim was later identified as 8-year-old Troy Douglas.
A second child was hurt, but was able to make it back to the William Paca school.
Rescue crews then transported that child to Johns Hopkins.
“I heard a boom and I turned around I saw the building just come on down,” said Monique Barr, who lives a block away.
Two adults, who had been inside the home, were also hurt.
The fire department isn't confirming that the incident started with an explosion; investigators are working to determine whether that's what happened, but Barr believes it did -- and she saw all the children who had been outside at the time.
“A whole bunch of men, broad men, started running down there to go pick up the bricks to get the little kid,” she said. “But then the fire started blazing so the men started moving. I think that's terrible to bury your baby. It shouldn't happen like that.”
Grief counselors are expected to be at the William Paca school on Thursday.
Amateur fire footage shot by YouTube user "Dee C." Mobile and tablet users can watch the video here.
This article has been updated from its original version.