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UPDATED: June 17, 2014 10:32 p.m.

BALTIMORE (WNEW/AP) — An 8-year-old boy who risked his life to save his siblings has died after being removed from life support following a row house fire in Baltimore on Monday morning that killed a 7-year-old boy.

The Baltimore City Fire Department responded to a report of a fire on the 300 block of North Bruce Street around 1:39 a.m. on Monday. The fire was under control by around 2:13 a.m.

Fire fighters were informed that there were individuals trapped inside the row home, and once inside discovered two children. The 7-year-old, identified as Sean McCullough, was transported to Shock Trauma, where he was pronounced dead. The other child, Decerio Coley, was transported to the Johns Hopkins pediatric unit.

Baltimore Fire tweeted out Tuesday afternoon that Decerio had died, but the department has since redacted the tweet and issued a correction.

Decerio was pronounced brain dead Tuesday afternoon. His family removed him from life support Tuesday evening, CBS Baltimore reports. Decerio’s mother tells CBS Baltimore that his organs were donated.

Baltimore City Fire Department spokesman Ian Brennan said witnesses said a third child was dropped out of a window into the arms of a friend or neighbor on the street below. That child was taken to the hospital and released. Brennan said a fire fighter was also taken to the hospital and treated for burns before being released early Monday.

Brennan said three adults who were in the home escaped unharmed.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. The state medical examiner will determine the cause of McCullough’s death.

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