Boy dies in Oakville townhouse fire

A five-year-old boy has died after being trapped in a burning townhouse in Oakville.

A five-year-old boy has died in a townhouse fire in Oakville, Ont.

Emergency crews were called to the home on White Oaks Boulevard near Trafalgar Road shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Two Halton police officers, who were first to arrive, tried to rescue the boy but were turned back by smoke.

The child has been identified as Bentley Slaughter.

"Police arrived first on the scene and received information that there was possibly one trapped child in the building," said Oakville fire Chief Richard Boyes. "Halton Regional police officers attempted to make entry and do that. They were driven back by heavy smoke. 

"Oakville fire crews arrived on the scene, we made entry into the building, we did a search, we found one child on the second floor. The child and mother were then transported to OTMH [Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital] and subsequently the child was pronounced dead at the hospital," said Boyes.\

The mother, Kim Slaughter, remains in hospital.

The two police officers who attempted to rescue the child were also taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and later released.

Neighbours said they were roused by the commotion.

"I was on my laptop and heard outside the window police in my backyard, windows breaking and something," said Courtney Zorrio who lives next door. "And like I smelled a fire ... a couple of cops in my backyard running around and screaming for a ladder and then I woke up my mum and ran outside and got outside and [saw] a bunch of fire trucks outside.

"The woman had burns on her skin and then they put them on stretchers and took them away," Zorrio said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.