A MIMS, FLORIDA, TODDLER PERISHED TUESDAY morning as his mother and neighbors futilely tried to save him as fire swept through the family’s mobile home. The fire broke out around 10:30 am in the Brevard County double-wide mobile home and neighbors rushed to the the site where they found April Reid, 32, covered with 2nd-degree burns and could hear the infant inside the bedroom.
Two of them tried to enter the bedroom, but were driven back by the excessive heat and smoke. Florida Today reports:
“The mother told us she couldn’t get her baby out,” said Orlando Dominguez, spokesman for Brevard County Fire-Rescue. “Our firefighters went inside of the burning structure and found the child. The child appeared to have perished in the fire.”
The paramedics on the scene attempted to get a helicopter to transport the mother who had 60% burn coverage, but the weather prevented any flights. Using the ambulance, they traveled for an hour delivering her to the burn unit in Orlando where she is listed in serious condition.
Channel 6 filed this very poignant report from the fire scene:
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