A house fire that claimed the life of a 2-year-old boy in Sandpoint early Saturday appears to have been an accident, according to preliminary findings by the state fire marshal’s office.
Investigators are still looking into the cause of the blaze at 620 E. Mountain View Drive, and additional findings will be made public later this week, Sandpoint City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton said in a news release Monday.
An autopsy found that 2-year-old Andre Hyder died of smoke inhalation, according to the news release.
His father, Jaymes Hyder, and another adult awoke to find the house engulfed in flames and escaped out a second-story bedroom window around 12:30 a.m. A neighbor called 911 and firefighters arrived within minutes, but the boy was dead by the time they could reach his upstairs bedroom, according to the news release.
“I had zero time to act,” Jaymes Hyder said in a message on a GoFundMe.com page raising money for his son’s funeral. “I had to throw my girlfriend out the window behind me and then stare down a hallway of flames.”
Andre’s mother, Tessa Potwin, also lives in Sandpoint. Her cousin has set up a separate GoFundMe page for the boy’s funeral.
“Tessa is a single mother of two young boys,” the fundraiser says. “It would be so nice to ease the burden of these expenses and make sure she does not have to worry about her finances while she and her oldest son Joesiv are trying to heal and figure out how their lives will forever be changed.”
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