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UPDATE: Looking For Answers in Fatal Fire

KSAL Staff - February 24, 2016 1:19 pm

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SECOND UPDATE – Investigators Wednesday evening were still trying to determine the cause of a fire that killed a 3-year-old boy and injured his siblings and grandmother.

Salina Fire Marsahl Roger Williams told KSAL News that the extensive damage to the mobile home was making it difficult to determine exactly how the fire started. He said that they were able to determine that the fire started in the front of the home, but not exactly how. Investigators were not ruling out anything.

Crews were called to the report of a fire at 917 N. 13th Street just after 11:30 Wednesday morning. A mobile home was fully engulfed in flames when first reponders arrived.

An adult female, a 5-year-old child, and a 3-month old baby were all able to exit the burning home. A 3-year-old child was trapped inside. Firefighters found the child in the back of the home, and rescued him. He was transported by EMS to Salina Regional Health Center, were he died.

The adult female, identified as the grandmother, and the other two children were also transported to the hospital.

The grandmother was transferred via air to a Wichita hospital with second and third degree burns over 40 percent of her body. The 3-month-old baby was transferred to Wichita as well, to be treated for smoke inhalation. The 5-year-old suffered minor injures.

An adult male was later seen getting into ambulance, and was also transported from the scene.

Officials were not releasing names yet Wednesday evening .

The fire spread to a second home and destroyed it, and also damaged a third home. It ignited leaves on the ground, and overhead trees.

The North Central Kansas Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to the scene. The agency is helping three families who are displaced.

FIRST UPDATE: A three-year-old child was killed, and at least three other people were injured, in a fire that destroyed a couple of mobile homes and damaged a third one.

Salina Fire Marshall Roger Williams told KSAL News at the scene that crews were called to the report of a fire at 917 N. 13th Street just after 11:30 Wednesday morning.  A mobile home was fully engulfed in flames when first reponders arrived.

Williams says that an adult female, a 5-year-old child, and a 3-month old baby were all able to exit the burning home. A 3-year-old child was trapped inside. Firefighters found the child in the back of the home, and rescued him. He was transported by EMS to Salina Regional Health Center, were he died.

The adult female, the grandmother, and the other children were also transported to the hospital.

The adult was transferred via air to a Wichita hospital with second and third degree burns over 40 percent of her body. The 3-month-old baby was transferred to Wichita as well, to be treated for smoke inhalation. The 5-year-old suffered minor injures.

An adult male was later seen getting into ambulance, and was also transported from the scene.

Names were not immediately released at the scene.

The fire spread to a second home and destroyed it, and also damaged a third home. It ignited leaves on the ground, and overhead trees.

The North Central Kansas Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to the scene. The agency is helping three families who are displaced.

Williams said that the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Investigators from both the Salina Fire Department and Salina Police Department were on the scene late Wednesday afternoon.

ORIGINAL: Tragedy has struck in north Salina this morning as a fire in a mobile home on North 13th Street has taken the life of a 3-year-old.

Authorities say the child was taken to the hospital and later died at Salina Regional Health Center.

A grandmother of the child was flown to Wichita with 2nd and 3rd degree burns over forty-percent of her body.

A third victim, a three month old baby is being transported to a Wichita hospital with respiratory issues.

A five year old child also suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

More updates are to follow as information becomes available.

 

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Doug Clemens

February 25, 2016 at 9:50 am

How sad is it that this poor kid had to die because he lived in a run down trailer that should have been condemned years ago. The city manager and commissioners have seemed to ignor that trailer park and have had a hands off policy on it when they go after other people’s property in Salina that is not as bad. Can it be someone with pull owns it and they are just turning their heads. It is something when they want to build a 14 million dollar field house or spend millions on a river and have people living in such conditions in this town. People wanting to open business’s and move families in don’t appreciate such things. Nor do the people who the city has gone after on their properties that were or are not in the condition this place has been for more years then I can remember. It seems to me priorities are being missed placed in this town. CITY MANAGER GAGE AND CITY COMMISSIONERS YOU ALL SHOULD BE SO PROUD.

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