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Baby died in Phenix City apartment unit fire, police say

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Editor’s note: Police originally told the Ledger-Enquirer that the infant was home alone. It was later determined the child’s mother was in the apartment at the time of the fire.

A baby died Wednesday in a Phenix City fire.

A fire was reported about 10:15 a.m. at the Clover Leaf Apartments, 2813 Stadium Drive.,the Phenix City Police Department announced in a news release.

An infant, approximately 4 months old, was transported to Piedmont Columbus Regional, Midtown Medical hospital after sustaining burns, police said.

The child was pronounced dead on arrival as a result of injuries received from the fire, according to the news release.

This case is under investigation, police Capt. Darryl “Joey” Williams said in the news release.

Williams told the Ledger-Enquirer that the fire was located in the unit’s bedroom. Police are withholding the name of the victim until further notice, he said.

No other people were harmed, and no other units in the complex were damaged in the fire, Williams said.

Ledger-Enquirer staff writer Mark Rice covers education and other issues related to youth. He also writes feature stories about any compelling topic. He has been reporting in Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley for more than a quarter-century. He welcomes your local news tips and questions.
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