SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The City of Scottsdale is investigating an accident over the weekend at a Scottsdale fire station that resulted in the death of a child.
City officials confirmed on Tuesday that a boy less than two years old died after being injured by an apparatus bay door during a tour of Scottsdale Fire Station 601, located near Hayden and McDowell roads.
The incident happened Saturday, February 3 around 5 p.m.
The child was a relative of a Scottsdale firefighter on duty at the station, according to city officials. The boy was treated on scene by paramedics and was then taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Scottsdale Fire Chief Tom Shannon said, "The city's investigative process into this tragic accident continues, when complete it should provide a full picture of what happened and answer the questions many of us have. My focus remains on the people who have been devastated. It is impossible to adequately express the sadness we all feel over the loss of this child. My deepest sympathy remains with the family. The fire fighters who responded are receiving the full support of the department as they deal with the impacts of this traumatic event. We ask the public's understanding and support for everyone involved during this difficult time."
City officials released the following statement:
This weekend, a terrible tragedy occurred at Scottsdale Fire Station 601, when a young child visiting the station with family was injured by the apparatus bay doors during a station tour. The child, less than two years old and a relative of a Scottsdale firefighter on duty at the station, received immediate attention by paramedics. He was rushed to the trauma center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where he subsequently was pronounced deceased. The Scottsdale Fire Department family is deeply saddened by this accident. We are doing all we can to support and care for the firefighters and family members at the station when the accident occurred, and we ask the community’s thoughts and prayers for this child and his family.
The city is investigating the incident.