A video has emerged capturing the dramatic rescue of three children from a burning building in Fresno, California. Released by the local Fire Department, the images, captured by cameras mounted on their helmets, show Firefighters battling against thick black smoke and broken glass in their attempt to rescue the one-year-old boy, a three-year-old girl, and a four-year-old girl.
Thanks to the bravery of these fantastic men and women, the lives of all three were saved, although they remain in a critical condition. Disturbingly, reports have emerged that the mother of the children has been arrested for leaving the three alone in the house with the front door locked, as detailed by this Fresno Police Officer.
Let’s hope that the kids make a full recovery.
Here are some facts about fire from the National Fire Protection Association.
- In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, $6.9 billion in direct damage.
- On average, seven people died in U.S. home fires per day from 2007 to 2011.
- Cooking is the leading cause home fires and home fire injuries, followed heating equipment.
- Smoking is a leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.
- Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2012, 8 home fires killed five or more people resulting in a total of 44 deaths.