POSTED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 10:52am
UPDATED: Friday, March 7, 2014 - 12:53pm
Longview, TX — Six people escaped a burning house in Longview on Tuesday night. Two have been flown to Parkland hospital in Dallas with severe injuries.
It happened just after 10:30pm on the 2800 block of Tryon Rd.
Johnny Zackary with the Longview Fire Department tells KETK that the two-story house was burning significantly before the residents realized that it was on fire.
Two people were in a bedroom on the first floor of the two-story house when they were awoken by a burning smell. They were unable to go through the bedroom's entrance because of the intense heat and smoke coming through the crack in the door, and instead escaped through the bedroom window. One of them received minor cuts during the escape, and the other got out unharmed and was able to call 9-1-1.
While those individuals were escaping, a 41 year-old woman in another downstairs bedroom made her way through heavy flames in the living room and into a stairway in order to help save a woman and two young children who had been sleeping in bedrooms on the second floor.
The 21 year-old woman upstairs took her two children, a 16 month-old girl and a 2 month-old boy, and escaped to the roof. From there, the woman jumped off of the roof with her babies. They sustained burns as well as injuries from the fall.
By the time emergency crews were alerted to the blaze, the fire had already burned through most of the first floor, and the people had escaped the house. When they arrived, first responders immediately began treating the patients while firefighters attacked the fire.
"It was most likely a horrific scene before we arrived," Zackary told KETK Wednesday morning.
In total, six people were hospitalized, and two were taken to Parkland for more serious injuries. Those sent to Parkland were the 41 year-old woman and the two month-old boy. Their condition is not known at this time.
A seventh person was on scene helping the family escape. This person was reportedly living in a trailer near the house and was uninjured. The Red Cross was also on scene assisting the residents last night, and will continue to help the family in the coming days.
Firefighters tell us that two dogs were killed in the fire and Longview's Animal Control will be caring for four additional dogs that were found in the home.
The house was destroyed by the flames and heavy smoke damage. It is believed to have originated in the living room, but an exact cause is still unknown. However, fire officials tell KETK that there was no evidence of a working fire alarm in the house.
"If they could have been alerted sooner, they may have been able to get out even more quickly and injuries could have been less severe," Zackary said. The Fire Department always recommends checking your fire alarms to ensure they are in proper working order.
Fire authorities will continue to investigate in order to determine the cause of the fire.