A toddler suffered severe burns in a fire that swept through a home day care center in Oxford on Monday, officials said.
Authorities were alerted by a 911 call at around 12:35 p.m. about the fire in the daycare structure at 43 Watch St. As they made their way to the one-story ranch-style home, the first responder learned there was a burn, Oxford Fire. Chef Laurent R. McDonald told MassLive.
Webster EMS and the Auburn, Oxford and Leicester firefighters arrived at the scene shortly before 12:45 p.m., when a police officer took responsibility for providing medical assistance to the burn victim, a 14 month old boy, according to McDonald’s. .
The boy, a child of a client at the day care center, suffered mainly from second-degree burns and third-degree burns, mainly to the chest area, the fire chief said.
The toddler was rushed to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where he continues to receive treatment for his burns, authorities say.
There were two adults and three children inside the house when the fire started. The boy was in a bedroom at the time, officials said.
According to McDonald’s, one of the adults in the house kept the fire from spreading by throwing water into a half-gallon Brita pitcher.
“This action put out the fire,” he said. “I know that half a gallon of water doesn’t ring a bell, but during a fire like this it can help a lot.”
The blaze was confined to the small room it started in, but the house still suffered fires, smoke and water damage, according to the fire chief.
“I can’t put a dollar loss on it. It wasn’t very large, ”said McDonald.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.