12-Year-Old Boy Killed in Raging Norristown House Fire Was Trying to Save His Dad: Family - NBC 10 Philadelphia

12-Year-Old Boy Killed in Raging Norristown House Fire Was Trying to Save His Dad: Family

Family Remembers Heroic Boy Who Died While Trying to Save Father From Burning Home

Friends and family are mourning a 12-year-old Norristown boy who died while trying to save his father during a house fire. NBC10's Aundrea Cline-Thomas speaks to the boy's aunt as well as members of the Red Cross who are trying to prevent future tragedies from happening. (Published Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016)

A 12-year-old boy who ran back into his burning Norristown, Pennsylvania home Friday morning to save his father was claimed by the flames, family members told NBC10. Boy Dies in Norristown FireBoy Dies in Norristown Fire

After a raging fire broke out in a Montgomery County home around 9:00 Friday morning on Markley Street in Norristown, a little boy has died. Family says he ran back into the home to try and save his father. NBC10’s Andrea Cruz reports with more on the story.
(Published Friday, Feb. 5, 2016)

The boy was identified as Sanford Harling, III by city officials Friday afternoon. A member of the Norristown Youth Eagles football team, the 6th grader ran back into the flames and never got out.

Photo credit: Family Photo

The fire broke out around 8:45 a.m. on the first floor of a twin home along the 1000 block of Markley Street, fire officials said. A family of five lived there, relatives and officials said.

In a video taken by a bystander, family could be heard wailing for help as the flames shot from the home. One man could be heard yelling "there's a baby in there!" VIEWER VIDEO: Raging Fire Claims Boy's LifeVIEWER VIDEO: Raging Fire Claims Boy's Life

An NBC10 viewer shared video of a deadly fire in Norristown, Pennsylvania Friday morning. A 12-year-old boy was killed, family said.
(Published Friday, Feb. 5, 2016)

Flames quickly spread to the second floor and were so intense that windows burst. Thick black smoke billowed from other parts of the brick and wood structure as fire crews pulled up to the scene.

Several aunts and uncles of the Harling family, said the 12-year-old escaped the fire, but realized his father, Sanford, Jr. hadn't made it out. The man was recovering from a recent surgery. House Fire Clams LifeHouse Fire Clams Life

NBC10 reporter Andrea Cruz is at a house fire in Norristown, Montgomery County where there are reports of one person dead and one taken to the hospital.
(Published Friday, Feb. 5, 2016)

The boy ran back into the home, but never returned, family said. The father did make it out alive, family said.

One man was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries, according to police. Neighbors said he jumped from a window to escape the fire. His relationship was unclear.

Officials said the boy is survived by his mother Dana, father Sanford, Jr. and siblings.

A GoFundMe page was posted to assist the family in their recovery.

Neighbors left balloons and flowers on the porch of the burned out home to remember Harling. Matt Booker, the coach of the Norristown Youth Eagles football team, spoke to NBC10 Saturday about the boy.

"Very friendly," Booker said. "Just hardworking, especially out here on the football field. He wasn't one of those kids who had God-given ability. He had to work for his and he did."

The American Red Cross was also assisting two families affected by the fire.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire.