MOREHEAD CITY, CARTERET COUNTY - A 3-year-old boy from Morehead City was taken to a hospital at UNC Chapel Hill.
Officials say the child suffered from smoke inhalation during an apartment fire and was first taken to Carteret General Hospital before being taken to a hospital in Chapel Hill.
Family members say the boy, whose name is Camare, is on a ventilator and has been sedated.
The fire started on Tuesday morning on Avery Street at Macon Court in Morehead City. Inside the apartment at the time of the fire was the boy and his 52-year-old grandmother.
Morehead City Fire/EMS said it took about two hours to put the fire out. There is serious smoke damage to the family's unit, and moderate smoke damage to the unit connected right beside it, said officials.
Witnesses say they saw the flames around 6:30 a.m. One neighbor said he walked out of his house and saw smoke forming in the air. Community members alerted the family by banging on the door. They say the pair was asleep.
The grandmother did seek medical attention at Carteret General Hospital for smoke inhalation as well, but family members say she has since been released.
Investigators believe the fire was accidental and started in the kitchen.
We're told Camare and his mother live in the apartment, and that the grandmother was babysitting at the time. The family is now out of a home.
The Element 26 Church organization has started a fund to help the family get back on their feet. To donate go to www.element26.org. Click on the "Giving" tab, then scroll down and click on "Give Now", then click on "Quick Give". The page will automatically route you to the "Holmes Family Fund."
Also, the church has opened an account called the "Holmes Family Fund" at PNC Bank. You can donate at any PNC location.
A 3-year-old boy and his grandmother are being treated at hospitals after a fire at their home in Morehead City Tuesday morning.
The fire happened at an apartment at Macon Court on Avery Street.
According to Morehead City Fire/EMS, when crews arrived at the scene, they saw smoke showing from the windows and roof area.
Two people were inside the home at the time-- a woman and her 3-year-old grandson. A neighbor who saw the fire woke the woman up, who then took her grandchild out of the home before first-responders arrived, investigators said.
The 3-year-old boy is being treated at UNC in Chapel Hill for smoke inhalation, said fire officials. The child's grandmother is being treated at Carteret General Hospital, a relative told NewsChannel 12.
Morehead City Fire/EMS is investigating the cause of the fire, but believes it was an accident.