22 pets killed,11-year-old boy saved in NC house fire

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A family of four was rushed to the hospital after fire ripped through their east Charlotte home early Thursday morning killing most of the family's pets.

The fire occurred around 5:30 a.m. at 6200 Springfield Drive which is located off Idlewild Road.

When Charlotte firefighters arrived, Bob Boardman, his wife, Cindy, and their 13-year-old son, Tim, were outside.  Boardman was screaming and telling firefighters his 11-year-old son, Kevin, was still trapped inside the house, neighbors said.

Firefighters entered the burning home and heard barking dogs which led them to the boy.

The boy suffered life-threatening injuries, and the three other family members had serious injuries.  All four were transported by MEDIC to Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte.

A hospital spokesperson said Kevin was in critical condition. His relatives were being treated in the emergency room.

Since the flames were so intense, the fire department activated a second-alarm which brought even more firefighters to the scene.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers blocked of sections of Boston Avenue in front of Idlewild Elementary while firefighters battled the flames.

Neighbors say the family had lived in the house at least 15 years.

Captain Rob Brisley, spokesman for the Charlotte Fire Department, said the majority of the family's pets perished in the fire.

Captain Mark Basnight later said on Thursday that 22 pets, 13 cats and 9 dogs, did not escape the blaze.  However, two cats survived.

Officials say the two-story, split-level home appears to be a total loss.  Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.

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