Surveillance video shows toddler in desperate run for help after fire started in family's apartment

Posted at 4:53 PM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 17:44:40-05

Ralph Pye Jr. was visiting with friends after work when he got a call from his sister, telling him that there was a fire at home.

What Pye didn't know as he rushed to the apartment on Detroit's west side was that his 10-year-old daughter had died in the fire.

Pye's three-year-old son, who had been in the first floor apartment with his big sister, can be seen on surveillance video running to the nearby party store to get help.

Relatives say the children's mother was visiting a neighbor in a second floor apartment when the fire started and she desperately tried to get back in to get her little girl.

About a dozen neighbors also tried to rescue the child, but they were forced back by the smoke and fire.

The Pye family and some of their neighbors say there are no smoke detectors or fire extinguishers in the apartment building.

Investigators say the fire appears to be accidental.

The children's mother was overcome with grief and had to be hospitalized and sedated, according to relatives.

The family has started a GoFundMe account to help with funeral costs for A'nia.