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1-year-old boy dies in Chautauqua County fire

 Flames and smoke are seen from a West Main Street home in Sherman early Wednesday.
Dan Kohler
The Post-Journal
Flames and smoke are seen from a West Main Street home in Sherman early Wednesday.

A 1-year-old child is dead after an overnight fire in Chautauqua County Wednesday.

The Sherman Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 157 West Main St. at 1:21 a.m. Sherman was assisted at the scene by Clymer, Ellery Center, Mayville, Ripley and Greenfield, PA fire departments, along with Chautauqua County EMS and Sheriff's Office road patrol.

Firefighters found an adult female and her five children were home at the time.

The female and was able to escape the first floor of residence with her twin sons, aged 4. Three other children, a 12-year-old daughter, 8-year-old son and 1-year-old son, were in second-floor bedrooms. The stairway was not accessible due to the fire.

The 12-year-old and 8-year-old children had to jump from from a second-story window to exit the home. The 1-year-old did not make it out and died as a result of the fire. He was identified as Watson Taylor.

The 12-year-old and 8-year- old children were transported to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA for treatment of burns. The mother and twins were not injured.

Investigation into the cause of the fire determined an electrical issue where the electric feed entered the residence. The investigation is continuing.