APPLE VALLEY (CBS) — Neighbors are calling a man a hero for running into a smoke-filled apartment to try to save an Apply Valley toddler whose crib caught fire.

The fire broke out Friday morning at the family’s apartment on Broken Bow Road near Highway 18. The child, 11-month-old Bradley Dingham, died almost 24 hours later at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

Paul Galaviz, who lives across the street, saw the smoke and grabbed a fire extinguisher. He ran into the home and followed the baby’s screams through the smoke and put the fire out.

The 11-month-old was airlifted to a hospital where he died.

“It’s heartbreaking, heartbreaking to know that that child lost its life for something that somebody could have helped him… somebody here could have helped him, there was three adults here,” Galaviz said.

Neighbors say a woman and her child were living in the apartment with Bradley and his parents at the time.

Sheriff’s homicide investigators are teaming up with the bomb and arson squad to investigate the fire and child’s death.

» RELATED: Neighbors Mourn 11-Month-Old Boy Killed In Apple Valley House Fire

Comments (6)
  1. ginny says:

    My heart breaks every time I see this sweet childs picture. A life just starting and taken far too soon. Parents, hug your children tight and often., Treasure every moment you have with them. Make sure they know they are always the most important part of your life.

  2. Darlene says:

    omg how sad 😦
    my heart droped to read the baby died :/

  3. brian says:

    may this child return in another life and let him in the kingdom of heaven a free pass and a free pass to all childeren and unto childeren who were stired away from god whose life or lives were altered by evil how did his crip caught on fire

  4. SylentDreamz says:

    Why didn’t the adults come to the baby’s rescue? Heart wrenching story…another angel given back to heaven because of a neglectful adult. We all aren’t perfect parents but some people just need not to have children.

  5. Jinx says:

    How in the world did this poor child’s crib catch fire? Where was his mom at the time? I can’t imagine leaving my child long and not checking in on him often. This should have never happened. May he rest in peace.. SylentDreams, I agree, it’s heartbreaking to see some families trying to have kids and are unable to, and then parents who pop kids out all day long and neglect them.

  6. Ashley says:

    I’m sad to hear this.. Alicia is my cousin and poor Bradley will be missed very much. Alicia you are in my prayers because I know that all this was NOT your fault.. I love you an I’m praying for you

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