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Boy, 8, dies trying to rescue brother from Springfield Gardens fire

A police officer stands guard outside the home on 182nd Street in Springfield Gardens, where two children were killed in a fire Thursday morning. Photo by Christina Santucci
By Connor Adams Sheets

Two children died in a fast-moving house fire in Springfield Gardens Thursday morning.

An 8-year-old boy the New York Post identified as Tyanthony Duckette escaped the blaze at first. But his baby brother was still inside, and he ran back in to find him.

He never made it back out, and both boys were later pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital.

A man who identified himself only as Jason and lives in the basement of the home at 141-45 182nd St., where the victims lived on the first floor, said he woke up at about 9:15 a.m. to his roommate telling him there was a fire. They ran outside, thinking it was in some bushes in the yard, then saw the flames and smoke pouring out of a side window, peeling the siding away from a section of the home.

Clyde Williams said his 7-year-old son Kenny was a neighborhood friend of Duckette’s. He has lived in the neighborhood and last saw the 8-year-old Sunday.

“It’s such a tragedy,” Williams said. “He was a beautiful kid.”

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