Apartment fire injures 5 including 3 children - KCTV5

Apartment fire injures 5 including 3 children

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Three children and their parents suffered serious burns in an apartment fire Thursday morning, authorities said.

One child and the mother suffered severe burns, according to a Kansas City Fire Department spokesman. All five were rushed to an area burn unit.

Initial reports were that all three children suffered severe burns. Battalion Chief James Garrett said he could confirm that one child suffered severe burns and that the mother has critical injuries.

The father's injuries were serious but not as severe. He risked his own life to save his family with neighbors saying he was yelling that he had to save his family.

One of the children is an infant. Neighbors said the other two children are under 5 years old.

The fire broke out just before 9 a.m. inside the third-floor apartment. The Shadow Creek Apartments are at 96th Street and Hillcrest Road.

Residents said smoke alarms blared just before 9 a.m.

Thick smoke kept Aisha Hines from escaping her apartment. She retreated to her balcony until firefighters rescued her via a ladder. She said seeing the burns on those injured was really difficult.

"Basically they were all burned up," she said. "They weren't saying nothing. They were terrified. The little boy was terrified running up and down."

She said the oldest boy, who she estimated to be about 5 years old, suffered burns on his arms and legs. She said the father, the second boy and infant had burns to their extremities.

"Mom took the most impact," she said.

She was terrified and called her mother via her cell phone while waiting for firefighters to rescue her.

"My mama told me to jump but I decided not to. I love my legs. I saw the fire department coming so I stayed and waited until they came and got me with the ladder," she said.

She plans to support the family during their recovery including going to the hospital.

"She's my friend," she said about the woman injured. "I worked with her so I know her personally."

Because of the extent of the injuries from the flames, the department's bomb and arson unit is investigating.

Apartment management and the local chapter of the American Red Cross are working to provide housing to affected residents.

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