Fatal Fire in Binghamton

By Darren Dodge

March 17, 2011 Updated Mar 17, 2011 at 12:17 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) One teenage boy has died after an early-morning fire on Binghamton's West Side.

Neighbors and family members have told Action News that it was a seventeen-year-old boy who lost his life in the fire.

The call came in to the fire department just before 3:30 this morning.

Fire was shooting out of the front of the home.

Neighbors ran to help the family inside even helping rescue people with a ladder.

Binghamton Fire says it is trying to figure out how the fire started.

"It's going to be a while before we get a chance to interview the family members and neighbors, and be able to search through here to come up with a cause," said Chief Dan Thomas.

"It's tough to see that happen to their house," said Miguel Southee Jr., who lives across the street and helped rescue the fire victims.

When asked how he felt knowing one of them was gone, Southee said, "I can't even think about it. I've known them my whole life, and it's sad."

The fire is now out, and the body of the boy was removed around 9:30 A.M.

Firefighters say the fire started on the porch of 20 Milford Street.

A second fire on Gaylord Street was reported shortly after.

Milford Street will remain closed for most of the day today.

Crews were planning on demolishing the home today for structural safety concerns.