Boy rescued from burning home in Havelock continues to recover

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Fire burns a home Tuesday in Havelock. A 2-year-old boy rescued from the home was listed in good condition Wednesday in a Greenville hospital.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 02:01 PM.

A 2-year-old boy rescued from a burning home Tuesday in Havelock continues to recover in the hospital.

Dylan Burkett was listed in good condition Wednesday at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, according to a hospital spokesman.

Burkett’s grandfather, Richard Matson Sr., said doctors want to keep the toddler on oxygen for a couple of days to help him recover from smoke inhalation.

Havelock Fire Chief Rick Zaccardelli said Wednesday that the investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing.

The blaze started in the front part of the single-story, wood-frame home around noon on Tuesday. Father William Burkett managed to get one son, 3-year-old Little Will, out of the fire but could not get to 2-year-old Dylan, who was napping in a back bedroom.

As fire crews arrived, the front of the house was fully engulfed in flames. Havelock firefighter/paramedic Charlie Winter entered the home through a side window, and after searching through thick, black smoke, heard the boy crying. He followed the sound and found the boy on a bed in a bedroom. He passed the young boy through the window to fellow firefighter/paramedic Megan Lashway, who carried him to an ambulance for treatment.

Winter sustained slight burns on two of his fingers during the rescue.

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