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Child dead after South Paris fire

Alek Packard, 5, was found unresponsive in the house by fire crews and taken to the hospital where he died.

PARIS, Maine — A five-year-old boy died Tuesday in a house fire at 31 Nichol St. in South Paris. 

On Thursday, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss said the boy has been identified as Alek Packard.

Moss said a woman and her three children -- Packard and two girls ages three and nine months -- were inside the house the family rented.

The woman was able to get the two girls out, but not Packard. He was found unresponsive in the house by fire crews and taken to the hospital where he died, Moss said.

Packard did sustain injuries as a result of the fire, Moss said. His cause of death is pending due to further testing. However, Moss said foul play is not suspected.

According to Moss, investigators from the state fire marshal's office will return to the home Thursday to continue their investigation.

The Paris, West Paris, Oxford, Poland, Norway, Otisfield, Buckfield, Hebron, and Mechanic Falls fire departments responded to the call. The Paris Police Department, Oxford Police Department, and Pace Ambulance also assisted.

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