Boy Killed in Fire

Authorities say a 10-year-old boy has died after a fire at his Reading home that apparently started when a child played with a lighter.

The mother of Jesus Velazquez says her son had just turned 10 on Christmas Day.

WFMZ-TV reports that he died of injuries suffered in the fire Friday afternoon.

Fire officials say the fire broke out in a second-floor bedroom, while the boy was trapped one floor above it.

Neighbor Richard Schmeer says he tried to reach the child through the roof, before firefighters arrived and carried him out.

The boy was one of seven children.

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