Flames prevented officers from reaching children
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.