1-year-old dead in overnight fire in Chautauqua County after siblings forced to jump from second story

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SHERMAN, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 1-year-old child has died following an overnight fire in Chautauqua County.

The fire broke out at a residence on Main Street in Sherman around 1:21 a.m. Wednesday. A woman and four of her children were able to escape the house, but the 1-year-old was not able to get out.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said the mother escaped from the first floor with her 4-year-old twin sons. A 12-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son had to jump from a second-story window because the stairway was blocked due to the fire.

Police said 1-year-old Watson Taylor did not make it out of the house and died from the fire.

The children who jumped from the second story were taken to Hamot Medical Center in Erie for burns. The mother and twins were not injured.

Investigators believe the fire was caused by an electrical issue where the feed entered the house. The investigation into the fire is ongoing.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

Kaley Lynch is a digital reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2017. See more of her work here.

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