The Spokane Medical Examiner said the child who died in a house fire on Friday suffered from smoke inhalation.
In a release, officials identified three-year-old Noah Whitcher as the young victim in the fire. The cause of death is pending carbon monoxide testing. Smoke inhalation was present, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Noah was found huddled next to the body of the family dog, holding a teddy bear after the fire, according to officials.
"I heard this commotion on the street and immediately knew because the flames were coming out of their house," a neighbor said, though he did not wish to be identified.
The neighbor told KREM 2 he tried to help put out the flames with his hose while his wife dialed 911.
When emergency crews arrived they rushed into the home, witnesses said, but were not able to save Noah.
Now, there are two investigations happening. Officials said in a case like this they have two main tasks: find the cause of the fire and investigate the unattended death.
Spokane Fire Department investigators will determine the official cause of the fire. The Medical Examiner’s Office will work to determine the offical cause of death.
In the meantime, those close to Noah's family have set up a Go Fund Me page to help his family recover from the fire.
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