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Mom dies in failed rescue

Teenage mother who rushed into burning Kemptville home found by side of infant daughter

By JON WILLING, SUN MEDIA


KEMPTVILLE -- In a scene of sheer panic, a mother frantically tried to save her infant daughter from their burning apartment Monday night before firefighters found their bodies side-by-side.

French fries were cooking on the stove as Amber Lee, 19, and her boyfriend Michael Fish were outside their apartment at 115 Hagan St. just after 10:30 p.m. Lee's nine-month-old daughter, Payton, was sleeping in a crib in the bedroom.

When Lee looked up and saw her apartment on fire, she dashed into the unit, ran upstairs and tried to rescue her little girl.

Fish, 27, tried to get in by breaking a window, but encountered flames. He wasn't injured.

Neighbours watched helplessly as they waited for Lee to emerge with the baby in her arms. Minutes went by and they didn't come out.

The first volunteer firefighter on the scene was Dave Peebles, who ran over from the next block and tried to rescue the mother and baby. He had to retreat when he injured his knee and the thick smoke became too intense.

More than 20 firefighters arrived and battled the stubborn blaze, which wasn't fully extinguished until around 4 a.m. Firefighters found the two bodies upstairs.

When the smoke cleared early yesterday, fire investigators determined the blaze likely started in the kitchen. They were classifying it as a cooking fire.

Const. Cathy Lindsey, spokeswoman for Grenville County OPP, said Lee and the baby were found together.

"You can imagine the terror of a mother knowing her baby is in there," Lindsey said.

The house is split into two units and Lee lived in the back section with her baby and boyfriend.

Angela Mayhew lives in the front unit with her husband and two sons. The family escaped and firefighters prevented the flames from eating the front of the house.

Kemptville Fire Chief Tim Bond said the last fatal fire in the town was in 1997.

"I'm hoping as the years go by, this is something that never recurs," Bond said, adding he remembers all the town's fatal blazes going back to the 1970s.

"You don't forget these things."

Bond estimated the wooden Hagan St. home to be roughly 100 years old. He said the house had working smoke detectors.

Lee and her baby were new to the community. They moved from Greely about a month ago. Before moving, Lee was living at the home of Michel Sastre, the baby's grandfather.

Jamie Sastre said his brother, Michel, is heartbroken.

"He is taking it pretty bad actually as Payton was his first grandchild," Jamie Sastre said.

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http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2009/06/02/9651721-sun.html
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God was bored.
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this is so depressing
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too sad
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Sometimes do people fail, and you know that god won't tolerate failures.
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how sad....
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This is too funny. This is proof that 19 year olds are idiots and not qualified to have children. What a fucking retard, she took a childs life and her own by being an immature fuck up. Natural selection imo.
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huh? something was cooking and they were outside?


anyway, poor baby......
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wow..maybe it's meant to happen
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Did they die?
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That sad. SHe is a great mom. rest in peace for the daughter and the mother
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spensaur wrote:

This is too funny. This is proof that 19 year olds are idiots and not qualified to have children. What a fucking retard, she took a childs life and her own by being an immature fuck up. Natural selection imo.


wow...... theres NO need for chu to be harsh.
Posted 6/4/09
The question is:
Why the FUCK were they outside when something was cooking in the kitchen while their baby was sleeping in his/her room?
So irresponsible.
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