MACON, GEORGIA, FIREFIGHTERS WERE dispatched to a house fire at 1:35 am Sunday morning and found a single-family dwelling with fire showing. A good primary search turned up four children ages 3 to 10, all unresponsive. All of them were taken out and CPR begun, but only one was able to be resuscitated.
Just as the first-in company was beginning operations the children's mother showed up on the scene from elsewhere. Killed in the blaze were 10-year-old Nykhia Williams, 7-year-old Daija Williams and 9-year-old Jamarrion Williams. 3-year-old Jalon Williams was transported to the Burn Center in Augusta and remains in critical condition.
The investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.
THREE YOUNG CHILDREN AND THEIR Grandmother perished Thursday evening in a house fire in the Ft. Worth, Texas, suburb of Haltom City. A neighbor spotted smoke coming from a broken 2nd-floor window and called in the alarm around 5 pm. Firefighters found the house charged with smoke and began a full search.
Just inside the 2nd-story window they found the adult and on the first floor in the front room near a Christmas tree they found the three children
Channel 11 News posted this video report from the scene:
After that video was posted, it was learned that the adult was a 52-yr.old female, the grandmother of the three children whose ages were 2-months, 3- and 5-years.
The fire apparently originated in the area where a Christmas tree was still installed and unconfirmed reports say that the FF's found a lighter in the area.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram had more details HERE.
NBC5 has MORE.
A FIRE BROKE OUT IN A CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, home just after 2 am Thursday morning. The 2½-story multi-family structure was housing as many as 17 people when the smoke detectors started sounding, waking them up. Everybody escaped except for three children ages 9, 4, and 2 years.
The first arriving firefighters got into the fire building right away and rescued two boys, but they did not survive, passing away shortly after arriving at the hospital. The third child, a girl was found after the fire was extinguished.
"There was heavy fire on the first and second floor on (our) arrival," said Chicago Fire Department Chief Thomas Kennedy at the scene. "The children were on the first floor in the rear of the building. I'm not making any comment about where it started, or how. It's under investigation."
Firefighters rushed into the burning house as fast as they could to take out the first two children, he said. "They did everything humanly possible to save those kids," he said.
The three victims were siblings from a family of ten children. WFLD-TV reports:
“I tried to get my babies out…but it was too late by that time,” said Stacey Austin, the children’s father. He said he ran to the kitchen for water to douse the flames after he awoke and saw the blaze, then tried to evacuate his family. He saw one of his sons playing with a lighter, he said.
The couple’s 10 children were all in the home when the fire started, Austin said. They thought everyone was out safely, but realized after they were out that three had been left inside.