One Child Killed, Another Critical In West Side Blaze That Left Parents With Seriously Injured Hands From Rescue Attempt

WWJ News
June 30, 2020 - 7:26 am

(WWJ) A house fire on the west side, near Joy and Evergreen, claimed the life of one child and left another in critical condition despite their parents running back into the blaze to rescue them.

The deceased is a 9-year-old girl; Critically injured is her 5-year-old sister. Another child was able to escape without serious injury.

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Two adults in the house are also hospitalized, with their condition unknown. Both suffered serious hand injuries, possibly sustained ripping through the house to find their kids.

The cause of the fire, which was reported at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, is still unknown.  Also unknown is whether there were working smoke detectors.

"The fire came fast," a neighbor told WWJ's Charlie Langton. "I was outside when they ran the two little kids outside. The kids were screaming. Then they just stopped screaming."

They stopped screaming because they went into cardiac arrest, first responders said. They were taken to Children's Hospital, where one died. 

The parents were the ones who reportedly ran in to get the kids after getting out themselves and realizing the kids were still inside. All the children were extracted from the house. 

"There's obviously extensive damage to the house," Langton reported, adding the building itself is a total loss.