Cell phone video captures blaze that sent 3 children to hospital

Image taken from cell phone video of the burning home (Source: Rhonda Burton)
Image taken from cell phone video of the burning home (Source: Rhonda Burton)
Rhonda Burton
Rhonda Burton

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Thanks to a neighbor, we are getting a look at the fire that tore through a home in the 4500 block of Garda Drive Sunday sending three children to the hospital. Rhonda Burton was outside Sunday evening when she saw smoke billowing from the top of her neighbor's home.

"So, I'm thinking ok, it's just the grill," said Burton. "So, I go to the front and it's just smoke everywhere."

As Burton watched emergency crews, she said she saw people run toward the home. Burton took out her cell phone and began recording. In the video, you can see thick black smoke and flames shooting out form the home. Meanwhile, Burton and her mother, Sylvia, were wondering if the children were inside.

"When we found out that the kids were out and they were already in the ambulance, I took relief, because we were mainly concerned about the kids," said Sylvia Burton. "You can get another house, but you talk about kids, it puts a damper on your heart."

According to Chief Rich Carlson of the Okolona Fire Protection District, everyone got out safely, although three children were sent to the hospital. Okolona Fire Marshal Mike Allendorf said an 11-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl suffered 1st and 2nd degree burns to their feet and arms. A 2-year-old girl suffered smoke inhalation. The kids were in a front bedroom when the fire started.

"That's sad, because I have a son of my own," said Rhonda Burton. "I would hate to feel ... that could've been my son. So, I feel real bad because that could've been anybody."

Monday, the Burtons reflected on what happened.

"It was blazing. That should be a reminder of how quick one minute an incident that everything can be destroyed. So, you count your blessings," said Sylvia Burton.

Rhonda Burton said she was thinking about the family involved, praying for them and hoping everything comes out fine.

Carlson said it appears the home did not have working smoke detectors and urges everyone to make sure their smoke detectors are working.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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