Father and Daughter Killed in St. Charles Fire, Rest of Family in Critical Condition
August 16, 2011
A 27-year-old father of three and his 2-year-old daughter died in a house fire early Tuesday morning that left the man’s wife and two other children critically injured. According to an article released by KSDK News, flames erupted in the kitchen of the St. Charles home, which the family had been renting for about a year, at around 2:45 this morning.
The father placed the initial 911 call reporting the blaze. It is believed that he was overcome by smoke and flames in the home before he could escape. An 11-year-old boy was able to escape the blaze by crawling out of a back window, while the mother of the children and an 8-year-old boy were rescued by firefighters. All three survivors were critically injured and transported to local area hospitals for treatment where their condition is still unknown. Two firefighters were also treated at the scene for exhaustion at the scene.
Investigators are unsure of the cause of the fire at this time and know that the home had smoke detectors installed, but believe some may have not been working properly.
The Missouri Personal Injury Attorneys with Cofman Townsley encourage you to check the batteries on all smoke detectors in your home at least every three months to ensure they are working properly. If you are injured in a house fire, their attorneys may be able to help you settle your case for what you need to care for your injuries. They are available 24-hours a day for a free consultation to discuss your case.