The emergency services were unable to do anything for the child. | C.Viera


A five-year-old child died on Saturday morning after becoming overcome by smoke when a fire broke out at the family home in Vilafranca at 10.30.

Fire crews, ambulances, the Guardia Civil and the local police rushed to the scene of the blaze, but despite the rapid response by the emergency services and paramedics, who performed CPR for the best part an hour, they could do nothing to save the life of the young boy.

Three firefighters were also overcome by smoke and were rushed to Manacor Hospital, where they were said to have been stable yesterday afternoon. They entered the burning building to rescue the child and his great grandmother, who escaped with severe burns and was rushed to hospital.

A total of 15 firefighters from Manacor and Felanitx were involved with tackling the blaze, which was extinguished by 13.30 but a team of firefighters remained on the scene cooling down and ventilating the property. The 112 emergency department was providing psychological help to the family, who were in deep shock, as were neighbours and close friends.

The blaze caused a great deal of commotion in the neighbourhood, and the authorities said that everything was being done to help all those caught up in the tragic incident.
Vilafranca town hall yesterday declared three days of mourning for the young boy.
Flags will fly at half mast at the town hall building.

A statement read: “On behalf of the town hall and the local community, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and express our full support should they need anything.”

The cause of the fire is being investigated.