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5 children, 1 firefighter taken to hospital after house fire in northwest Detroit


>>Announcer: LOCAL 4 NEWS>>Announcer: LOCAL 4 NEWS
STARTS NOW WITH A BREAKING STARTS NOW WITH A BREAKING
NEWS ALERT. NEWS ALERT.
>>>BREAKING NEWS.>>>BREAKING NEWS.
A FIRE ON DETROIT’S WESTSIDE A FIRE ON DETROIT’S WESTSIDE
SENDS FIVE CHILDREN TO THE SENDS FIVE CHILDREN TO THE
HOSPITAL, INCLUDING A FOUR HOSPITAL, INCLUDING A FOUR
MONTH-OLD GIRL. MONTH-OLD GIRL.
THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS
NOON. NOON.
A FIREFIGHTER WAS ALSO TAKEN A FIREFIGHTER WAS ALSO TAKEN
TO THE HOSPITAL AS A RESULT TO THE HOSPITAL AS A RESULT
OF THIS FIRE THAT HAPPENED OF THIS FIRE THAT HAPPENED
ON PEMBROKE NEAR EIGHT MILE ON PEMBROKE NEAR EIGHT MILE
AND LAWSER ON THE WEST — AND LAWSER ON THE WEST —
LAWER IS ON THE WESTSIDE. LAWER IS ON THE WESTSIDE.
SHAWN WHAT’S THE VERY SHAWN WHAT’S THE VERY
LATEST. LATEST.
>>Reporter: LET’S GET TO>>Reporter: LET’S GET TO
THE VERY LATEST. THE VERY LATEST.
WE JUST LEARNED SOME VERY WE JUST LEARNED SOME VERY
POSITIVE INFORMATION FROM POSITIVE INFORMATION FROM
DETROIT FIRE OFFICIALS JUST DETROIT FIRE OFFICIALS JUST
CALLING US AND LETTING US CALLING US AND LETTING US
KNOW THAT ALL FIVE KIDS ARE KNOW THAT ALL FIVE KIDS ARE
NOW IN STABLE CONDITION. NOW IN STABLE CONDITION.
BECAUSE EARLIER THIS MORNING BECAUSE EARLIER THIS MORNING
THINGS WERE NOT LOOKING THINGS WERE NOT LOOKING
GOOD. GOOD.
THOSE KIDS WERE BADLY THOSE KIDS WERE BADLY
INJURED SUFFERING FROM SMOKE INJURED SUFFERING FROM SMOKE
INHALATION. INHALATION.
YOU CAN SEE THE HOUSE BEHIND YOU CAN SEE THE HOUSE BEHIND
ME DOESN’T EVEN LOOK LIKE A ME DOESN’T EVEN LOOK LIKE A
FIRE STARTED THERE. FIRE STARTED THERE.
BUT IN ONE OF THE KIDS ROOMS BUT IN ONE OF THE KIDS ROOMS
A MATTRESS CAUGHT FIRE. A MATTRESS CAUGHT FIRE.
INVESTIGATORS LOOKING AT INVESTIGATORS LOOKING AT
LIGHTERS AND POSSIBLY ONE OF LIGHTERS AND POSSIBLY ONE OF
THE KIDS PLAYING WITH A HEAT THE KIDS PLAYING WITH A HEAT
HEATER AS — SPACE HEATER AS HEATER AS — SPACE HEATER AS
CAUSEING THE FIRE. CAUSEING THE FIRE.
>>WE HAVE SEVERAL 13 DOWN.>>WE HAVE SEVERAL 13 DOWN.
>>Reporter: A FRANTIC PLEA>>Reporter: A FRANTIC PLEA
FROM DETROIT FIREFIGHTERS FROM DETROIT FIREFIGHTERS
THIS MORNING CALLING FOR THIS MORNING CALLING FOR
EXTRA AMBULANCES. EXTRA AMBULANCES.
AS FIVE VERY YOUNG CHILDREN AS FIVE VERY YOUNG CHILDREN
WERE BADLY INJURED AFTER A WERE BADLY INJURED AFTER A
SMALL FIRE INSIDE THIS HOME SMALL FIRE INSIDE THIS HOME
ON PEMBROKE AT MacINTYRE ON ON PEMBROKE AT MacINTYRE ON
DETROIT’S WESTSIDE. DETROIT’S WESTSIDE.
A CHILD’S MATTRESS IN THAT A CHILD’S MATTRESS IN THAT
HOME SOMEHOW CATCHING FIRE. HOME SOMEHOW CATCHING FIRE.
RIGHT NOW DETROIT FIRE SAYS RIGHT NOW DETROIT FIRE SAYS
THE FIVE KIDS WERE IN THE THE FIVE KIDS WERE IN THE
HOME. HOME.
A MOTHER THEN LEFT TO TAKE A MOTHER THEN LEFT TO TAKE
OTHER KIDS TO SCHOOL, OTHER KIDS TO SCHOOL,
LEAVING HER BOYFRIEND INSIDE LEAVING HER BOYFRIEND INSIDE
THE HOME. THE HOME.
SHE RETURNED FELL BACK SHE RETURNED FELL BACK
ASLEEP THEN THE FIRE BROKE ASLEEP THEN THE FIRE BROKE
OUT. OUT.
A NEIGHBOR WATCHED THAT A NEIGHBOR WATCHED THAT
BOYFRIEND TRYING TO REVIVE A BOYFRIEND TRYING TO REVIVE A
FOUR MONTH-OLD BABY. FOUR MONTH-OLD BABY.
TWO MOTHERS LIVE IN THE TWO MOTHERS LIVE IN THE
HOME. HOME.
THE MOTHER OF OLDER CHILDREN THE MOTHER OF OLDER CHILDREN
SOURCES TELL LOCAL 4 WAS SOURCES TELL LOCAL 4 WAS
SUPPOSED TO BE LOOKING AFTER SUPPOSED TO BE LOOKING AFTER
THE YOUNGER CHILDREN. THE YOUNGER CHILDREN.
INSTEAD, FIRE OFFICIALS SAY INSTEAD, FIRE OFFICIALS SAY
SHE TOOK HER OLDER KIDS TO SHE TOOK HER OLDER KIDS TO
SCHOOL. SCHOOL.
AND THAT’S WHEN THE MATTRESS AND THAT’S WHEN THE MATTRESS
CAUGHT FIRE INSIDE THE CAUGHT FIRE INSIDE THE
CHILDREN’S ROOM. CHILDREN’S ROOM.
A NEIGHBOR SAYS A MAN SAW A NEIGHBOR SAYS A MAN SAW
THE SMOKE AND SOMEHOW GOT THE SMOKE AND SOMEHOW GOT
ALL FIVE OF THOSE KIDS OUT, ALL FIVE OF THOSE KIDS OUT,
INCLUDING A FOUR MONTH-OLD INCLUDING A FOUR MONTH-OLD
BABY. BABY.
>>THE MAN WAS LIKE KEPT>>THE MAN WAS LIKE KEPT
SCREAMING LIKE WAKE UP, WAKE SCREAMING LIKE WAKE UP, WAKE
UP AND I TURNED AROUND TO UP AND I TURNED AROUND TO
SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON AND I SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON AND I
SEEN A CHILD. SEEN A CHILD.
SO IT SEEMED LIKE HE WAS SO IT SEEMED LIKE HE WAS
GIVING LIFE INTO THE CHILD GIVING LIFE INTO THE CHILD
SO HE KEPT SHAKING THE BABY. SO HE KEPT SHAKING THE BABY.
>>Reporter: IN THE HOSPITAL>>Reporter: IN THE HOSPITAL
A FOUR MONTH-OLD GIRL IT A FOUR MONTH-OLD GIRL IT
WORKS TWO-YEAR-OLD GIRLS A WORKS TWO-YEAR-OLD GIRLS A
THREE-YEAR-OLD BOY AND A THREE-YEAR-OLD BOY AND A
FOUR-YEAR-OLD GIRL. FOUR-YEAR-OLD GIRL.
WHEN FIREFIGHTERS RUSHED TO WHEN FIREFIGHTERS RUSHED TO
THE HOME ALL FIVE KIDS WERE THE HOME ALL FIVE KIDS WERE
OUT BUT WERE BADLY INJURED OUT BUT WERE BADLY INJURED
SUFFERING FROM SMOKE SUFFERING FROM SMOKE
INHALATION. INHALATION.
>>TWO OF THEM ARE>>TWO OF THEM ARE
INTUBIATED. INTUBIATED.
THE YOUNGEST IS FOUR THE YOUNGEST IS FOUR
MONTH-OLD THE FOUR MONTH OLD MONTH-OLD THE FOUR MONTH OLD
IS AN INCUBATOR BUT GETTING IS AN INCUBATOR BUT GETTING
OXYGEN. OXYGEN.
>>Reporter: BACK HERE LIVE>>Reporter: BACK HERE LIVE
NOW. NOW.
FIRE OFFICIALS JUST CAUGHT FIRE OFFICIALS JUST CAUGHT
UP WITH ALL THE ADULTS UP WITH ALL THE ADULTS
INVOLVED IN THEY AT THE INVOLVED IN THEY AT THE
HOSPITAL. HOSPITAL.
THEY WANT TO CLARIFY A FEW THEY WANT TO CLARIFY A FEW
THINGS THAT NO ONE WAS LEFT THINGS THAT NO ONE WAS LEFT
HOME ALONE HERE. HOME ALONE HERE.
A MOM WAS HERE AND A A MOM WAS HERE AND A
BOYFRIEND HERE BOTH FELL BOYFRIEND HERE BOTH FELL
ASLEEP THEN THE FIRE BROKE ASLEEP THEN THE FIRE BROKE
OUT. OUT.
FIRE OFFICIALS ALSO JUST FIRE OFFICIALS ALSO JUST
REUPDATED US ON THE REUPDATED US ON THE
CONDITIONS, RHONDA. CONDITIONS, RHONDA.
MUCH IMPROVED ALL FIVE KIDS MUCH IMPROVED ALL FIVE KIDS
IN STABLE CONDITION RIGHT IN STABLE CONDITION RIGHT
NOW. NOW.
SOME WERE AT SINAI GRACE SOME WERE AT SINAI GRACE
SOME AT CHILDREN’S. SOME AT CHILDREN’S.
ALL HEADED NOW AT CHILDREN’S ALL HEADED NOW AT CHILDREN’S
RELEASE A BURN UNIT THERE RELEASE A BURN UNIT THERE
AND ALSO HYPERBARRACK AND ALSO HYPERBARRACK
CHAMBER. CHAMBER.
BUT A VERY CLOSE CALL. BUT A VERY CLOSE CALL.
>>A CLOSE CALL INDEED.>>A CLOSE CALL INDEED.
THANKFUL FOR THE POSITIVE THANKFUL FOR THE POSITIVE
UPDATE ON THE CONDITION OF UPDATE ON THE CONDITION OF
THOSE KIDS. THOSE KIDS.
ANY WORD ON WHAT MIGHT HAVE ANY WORD ON WHAT MIGHT HAVE
SPARKED THE FIRE? SPARKED THE FIRE?
ALSO YOU MENTIONED A ALSO YOU MENTIONED A
FIREFIGHTER WAS ALSO FIREFIGHTER WAS ALSO
INJURED? INJURED?
>>Reporter: LET’S TALK>>Reporter: LET’S TALK
ABOUT WHAT SPARKED THE FIRE. ABOUT WHAT SPARKED THE FIRE.
ARSON INVESTIGATORS WERE ARSON INVESTIGATORS WERE
INSIDE COMBING ALL OVER THE INSIDE COMBING ALL OVER THE
HOME. HOME.
SAYING THERE WERE LIGHTERS SAYING THERE WERE LIGHTERS
FOR SMOKING MATERIAL ALL FOR SMOKING MATERIAL ALL
THROUGHOUT THE HOME. THROUGHOUT THE HOME.
ALSO A SPACE HEATER NEAR THE ALSO A SPACE HEATER NEAR THE
MATTRESS. MATTRESS.
THEY FOUND A PLASTIC HANGAR THEY FOUND A PLASTIC HANGAR
IN THE SPACE HEAT SORRY THEY IN THE SPACE HEAT SORRY THEY
THINK ONE OF KIDS MAY HAVE THINK ONE OF KIDS MAY HAVE
PUT IT IN THERE CAUSING ALL PUT IT IN THERE CAUSING ALL
THE SMOKE AND PARKING THE — THE SMOKE AND PARKING THE —
AND SPARKING THE FIRE. AND SPARKING THE FIRE.
SOME OF THE PARENTS AND SOME OF THE PARENTS AND
NEIGHBORS WERE TRYING TO NEIGHBORS WERE TRYING TO
HELP THE KIDS. HELP THE KIDS.
THE FIREFIGHTER WAS TRYING THE FIREFIGHTER WAS TRYING
TO FORCE HIS WAY INTO THE TO FORCE HIS WAY INTO THE
HOUSE TO SEE IF ANYONE ELSE HOUSE TO SEE IF ANYONE ELSE
WAS INSIDE AND HE INJURED WAS INSIDE AND HE INJURED
HIS LEG. HIS LEG.
WE’RE TOLD HE IS BEING WE’RE TOLD HE IS BEING
TREATED INTERIOR RIGHT NOW.

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