Bystanders Pull 3 from Burning House in Tampa
The two men were driving nearby when they saw smoke.
TAMPA – Two men pulled two children and a woman from a burning house Sunday (Oct. 22) morning, according to Hillsborough Fire Rescue.
The woman, who had severe burns and was listed as a trauma alert, and was taken to Tampa General Hospital along with the two children who suffered minor smoke inhalation. The two passersby, who mad minor injuries, refused medical attention at the scene, and drove themselves to the emergency room.ER reporting minor injuries.
Firefighters were called to the scene about 11:20 a.m. When they arrived at Carnegie Circle, they found a home with heavy fire coming from the front. It took them about 30 minutes to get the fire under control.
Investigators said they discovered that a passing motorist saw a light column of smoke while driving down 78th street, and turned down Carnegie Circle to see what was happening. When the driver and his passenger arrived in front of the home they saw two children’s hands hanging out of a front window that was blocked with burglar bars.
The two men jumped out of the vehicle, ran to the home, knocked the burglar bars off the window, and pulled the children to safety. They then pulled the front door open, and pulled the woman to safety.
The American Red Cross was called to help the family with housing, and clothing.
After speaking with witnesses on scene, and available physical evidence, there are indications that an unattended iron left near some drapes may have contributed to the cause of the fire, investigators said. At this point in the investigation there are no indications that the fire is suspicious in nature.
For information about Hillsborough Fire Rescue, go to hillsboroughcounty.org.
Photo courtesy of Hillsborough Fire Rescue.
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