6-year-old boy dies in blaze on Cape Cod, fire officials say

A 6-year-old boy has died after a fire in Orleans on Saturday night that investigators have determined to be accidental, fire officials said Sunday.

The boy’s name is not being released, a spokesman for State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey said in an email Sunday afternoon.

Four other people were taken to the hospital for medical care. One Orleans police officer was evaluated and released, Orleans Fire Chief George Deering IV, Orleans Police Chief Scott MacDonald, and State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey said in a joint statement.

Firefighters responded to a call for smoke and fire in a house at 177 Route 6A at about 8:40 p.m. Saturday.

When firefighters arrived, they saw smoke and fire coming from the second floor of the 2 1/2-story building, fire officials said.

Firefighters learned at the scene that one person was unaccounted for. Deering ordered a second alarm, drawing mutual aid from surrounding communities, officials said.

Firefighters searched the building and found one person with serious injuries. The person, who was not identified, was taken to an area hospital and later died, fire officials said.

Firefighters knocked down the fire in about 20 minutes.

While the fire is not suspicious, the cause of the fire is being investigated by the Orleans Fire Department, Orleans Police Department, and State Police assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office and Cape & Islands District Attorney’s office.

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