By MARY RAINWATER
Two young people remain in critical condition at a Dallas hospital after being rescued from a house fire in an Elkhart neighborhood Wednesday morning.
According to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor, the fire occurred at about 10 a.m. at a small wood frame house located on the 100 block of Sheridan St., near the elementary school in Elkhart.
“The house was fully engulfed when deputies arrived and there were two children in the house,” the sheriff said. “The children, a 19-year-old female and a 13-year-old male had to be rescued by firefighters.
“Rescuers did CPR on them and got a pulse, then care-flighted them to Parkland Hospital in Dallas,” he added. “They are in very critical condition.”
The parents of the children were not at home at the time, but arrived at the scene later.
“He tried to go in the house to get them, but firefighters did not allow him in,” Taylor said, also reporting that two dogs also were rescued from the scene and are being cared for by the local animal shelter.
The house appeared to be a total loss, and an initial investigation reported that the fire was likely accidental — starting in the home’s living room.
“There appeared to be no foul play,” Taylor said.
Elkhart, Tucker and Southside Volunteer Fire Departments all responded to the scene, with the Palestine Regional Medical Center Ambus also arriving to assist.
“One of my officers suffered a little smoke inhalation and the Ambus was a big help,” Taylor said.
More than anything, Taylor asked for prayers for the family.
“The parents are at the hospital with their children right now,” he said. “They have lost everything and will need everyone’s prayers and help during this time.”
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