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Young Boy, Grandmother Seriously Hurt During E. Columbus Fire
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Investigators believe a young boy's decision to enter a bedroom during a house fire might have saved his life.
The 4-year-old boy was hospitalized for smoke inhalation, but avoided serious burns, after being rescued from a burned home around 1 a.m. Thursday on Ivyhurst Drive.
The boy's grandmother, in her 50s, suffered third-degree burns on about 27 percent of her body, investigators said. She was in critical condition when she was transferred to Ohio State University East Hospital .
Fire fighters were able to contain the flames and pull the victims from the home within five minutes of their arrival.
"We went around back, found an adult female that was already out of the house," Deputy Chief Jim Cannell said. "We knocked the fire down pretty quick, entered the structure, searched the structure, found a 4-year-old child in a front bedroom."
The injured boy was unconscious when fire fighters arrived, but his injuries would likely have been more severe had he not entered a bedroom and closed the door to escape the flames, investigators said.
"We had to fight our way into the front door. Luckily, the bedroom door where we found the victim, the door was closed, which is good for the victim, Cannell said. Best case scenario is to have the door closed when you have a fire."
Paramedics treated the boy on the scene before he was transferred to Nationwide Children's Hospital in serious condition.
A police officer who arrived before fire fighters helped assist an adult and two children out of the home, Cannell said.
The adult victims daughter, India Burton, 30, had made the call. She and her other children, ages 5 and 7 years old, escaped unharmed.
Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire. Most of the damage was in the front of the house, and deputies were unsure if the house had working smoke detectors.