ST. ALBANS, N.Y. (WPIX)—A seven-months pregnant mother and her 2-year-old son died during an early morning fire in Queens.
Officials say the fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. when a couch was set ablaze on the second floor of a 2 1/2-story attached house located at 179-56 Anderson Road in St. Albans. The flames engulfing the couch quickly spread, ultimately developing into an all-hands fire by 5 a.m.
Cops have identified the victims as Linda Anderson, 23, and her son Ayden Hayes. The toddler died at an area hospital just hours after being transported with serious injuries.
Neighbors told PIX11 News that they did not hear any disturbance before the fire broke out.
According to the FDNY, the person who called the fire into 911 gave the wrong address. Firefighters arrived at a nearby intersection, but quickly moved when they observed smoke coming out of the Anderson Road house.
According to FDNY Fire Chief Paul Ferro, though there was an operational smoke detector in the home, it was placed too low on the wall and and could not sense the smoke.
Neighbor Claudine Chang described Anderson as a "young girl trying to find her way."
"[She was] pregnant with someone she was not with, who wanted nothing to do with the baby," said Chang.
Homicide detectives were on the scene, and reports say cops may be searching for the Anderson's boyfriend.
Unconfirmed reports say this may be an arson case, but the cause of the fire is under investigation.