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2-year-old Dies in Oakland House Fire

5/6/2002

OAKLAND – A house fire in which a 2-year-old boy died Friday has been ruled accidental, according to investigators with the Division of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations.

Jonathan Paul Drummer Lewis died as the result of smoke inhalation in his home at 408 Henschen Ave. The fire was reported around 1:05 p.m. State Fire Marshal investigators determined the fire started in the ceiling of the front porch on the southeast side of the residence. An electrical malfunction could not be ruled out as the cause.

When firefighters arrived they found the home fully engulfed in flames. The fire grew so intense that radiant heat melted the plastic emergency light covers on a fire truck parked in front of the home. The body of the child was found face down on the floor in a doorway leading to an adjacent bedroom.

The toddler's mother Angela Drummer, 26, said she was sleeping in a back bedroom at the time of the fire. She said she had her 4-year old daughter Diamond in bed with her and her son was asleep on the floor in the same bedroom. Diamond got up to go to the bathroom, discovered the fire and yelled to her mother to wake up.

Drummer said she grabbed both children and started to run toward the front door, but it was blocked by fire and the intense heat. Several witnesses from across the street saw the fire and broke the window to the bedroom and helped Drummer and her daughter escape. During the confusion, Drummer lost hold of her son and could not find him again due to the thick smoke.

The remains of a smoke detector without a battery in it were found in the hallway.

The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is a law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire Marshal that assists other state and local fire and law enforcement agencies in the investigation of fires of suspicious origin. Anyone with information about this case or any incident of fire is asked to call 1-877-662-7766 (1-877-NOARSON) Information may also be mailed to The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, 3659 Maguire Blvd., Suite 151, Orlando, Florida, 32803.