Body cam video shows girl’s res­cue from burn­ing house

The Dallas Morning News - - North Texas - Eline de Bruijn

Body cam­era footage shows how an Ever­man po­lice of­fi­cer helped res­cue a teenage girl af­ter he rushed to a home en­gulfed in flames Wed­nes­day night at a Fort Worth home.

Fire crews and Ever­man po­lice ar­rived at the house, in the 1800 block of Beacon Way, about 11:45 p.m. The 13-year-old’s mother and fa­ther es­caped from the home, but their daugh­ter was still in­side.

Body cam footage ob­tained KXASTV (NBC5) shows Sgt. Jimmy Combs run to the girl’s bed­room win­dow with a flash­light and break the win­dow as he tries to get in.

“Come to my light, come on, sweetie,” Combs can be heard say­ing to the teen.

He stripped his gear and en­tered the home, but the heat and smoke were too in­tense for him with­out pro­tec­tive gear, Ever­man po­lice said in a Face­book post. He suf­fered mi­nor burns on his wrist, the post said.

As Fort Worth fire­fight­ers ar­rived, Combs helped fire­fighter Mike Flores as he went in through the win­dow to res­cue the girl. Flores handed her to Combs, and they took her to the front yard and per­formed CPR. Af­ter three min­utes, she be­gan breath­ing on her own, the post said.

The girl was air­lifted to Park­land Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, where she was last re­ported in se­ri­ous con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to NBC5. Her par­ents were also taken to Park­land.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were still try­ing to de­ter­mine the cause of the fire.

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