Sunday , June 23 2024

Three Children Severely Burnt and Possibly Unattended in Apartment Fire

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<div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">The Fresno Fire Department says three children were rescued from a smokey apartment in Southwest Fresno on Sunday morning. The fire department said the children were one, two, and three-years old. The Fresno Police Department said the children were severely burned, and their mother is now being questioned, because the children may have been left unattended.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Wayne Hynes Jr. said it was a fairly calm morning at the Westgate Gardens apartments before the fire broke out.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&quot;And then all of a sudden, we heard the sirens and the engines coming from different directions,&quot; said Hynes.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Hynes said he and his neighbors noticed smoke coming out of a nearby unit. One man, he said, broke a window to let the smoke out.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Hynes said, &quot;Five to eight minutes had gone by and at this particular time everybody realized there were kids in there.&quot; </font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">When the fire department arrived, they immediately went into rescue mode.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Pete Martinez, the public information officer for the Fresno Fire Department said, &quot;Upon arrival, the first words to the captain on scene was ‘There’s still children still inside’.&quot;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Martinez said the three children were pulled out of the fiery apartment and were treated immediately outside. The children were transported to Community Regional Medical Center and are expected to be moved to Valley Children’s Hospital.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Hynes said, &quot;It’s a quiet neighborhood and something like this, you know, is a bit of surprise for everybody.&quot;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Martinez said the parents were there at the time of the fire, but was not specific on if they were with the children inside of the unit when the fire broke out. Police have said the mother is being questioned.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">The fire department said the fire originated in the living room. The cause is still under investigation.</font></div></div>

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