Flames pre­vented of­fi­cers from reach­ing chil­dren

Cape Breton Post - - World -

CON­ROE, Texas — A fire of­fi­cial says po­lice of­fi­cers at­tempted to reach the sec­ond floor of a burn­ing Hous­tonarea home to res­cue chil­dren who were trapped but were driven back by flames that en­gulfed the struc­ture. Three chil­dren rang­ing in age from 6 to 13 were killed in the fire near Con­roe that broke out around 4 a.m. Friday. A 10-year-old boy was hos­pi­tal­ized in crit­i­cal con­di­tion with se­vere burns. Mont­gomery County Fire Mar­shal Jimmy Wil­liams says two Shenan­doah po­lice of­fi­cers were the first to ar­rive and helped mem­bers of an ex­tended fam­ily es­cape the home. But Wil­liams says heat and flames pre­vented the of­fi­cers from climb­ing a stair­well to reach the chil­dren who died. The of­fi­cers were hos­pi­tal­ized for smoke in­hala­tion and other in­juries. A third of­fi­cer with another depart­ment also was hurt.

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