Statesville, NC -- A 9-year-old Statesville boy has died in a house fire.
Officials say Lerik Ramsuer was pulled from an apartment shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday.
Statesville Fire Marshal Mike Billings says the boy and his 13-year-old sister were asleep in their bedrooms on the second story of the building when the fire started. Billings says the children's mother was at work and her boyfriend was staying with the children. He told authorities he had left briefly to visit friends in a nearby apartment.
The girl jumped to safety.
A man who spotted the smoke tried to get inside to find her brother but was unable to do so.
The boy was taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.