2-year-old girl dies in western Michigan house fire

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old girl died in a western Michigan house fire after flames prevented her parents from rescuing her.

Grand Rapids Fire Department Chief John Lehman says the fire was reported about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The child's parents tried to get her from a bedroom, but the flames were too intense.

Firefighters found the child's body after extinguishing the blaze.

The city's police department identified the girl as Jazelle Sa'mone Thomas-Whitfield.

WOOD-TV reports the house that burned had two apartments in it.

The Grand Rapids Press reports two adults and four children who were inside the house escaped after a smoke detector alerted them to the fire.

Lehman says one firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion but was expected to be OK. The fire's cause remains under investigation.

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