3 killed and 1 injured in New Orleans East house fire

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Fire Department says that three people have died and another person was injured when fire swept through a home in the 7700 block of Wave Drive in the early morning hours.

Firefighters say that they found four people trapped inside the home when they arrived.

The were able to pull an 80-year-old man and three-year-old boy from the flames.

They were taken to a local hospital where the child later died.

The two other victims, a 70-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman, died at the scene.

“My heart aches for the victims and family of this tragic fire," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. "It is hard anytime a tragedy like this happens, but it is especially hard during the holiday season. Our prayers remain for the elder who is fighting to recover and all family and friends impacted. I also want to thank and remember the men and women who continue to put their lives on the line for us - the 42 firefighters who worked throughout the early morning hours to stop the blaze and save lives.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation and the identities of those killed have not been released.

Fire officials say that they got the call at 1:36 a.m. of a house on fire.

The first engine arrived at the scene at 1:42 a.m.

Neighbors say that they tried to rescue those that were trapped, but the flames were just too big.