Mom of 4 kids who escaped house fire arrested

Posted at 2:33 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 22:14:14-05

TULSA –  A mother of four is spending the night behind bars after her children, two boys and two girls, escaped a fire while home alone Friday.

Krystal Penheiro and her father, Lee Snell, were arrested for child neglect. Police detectives and DHS are investigating allegations of unsafe living conditions at the home, which police say existed prior to the fire.

According to authorities, the children, who were between the ages of one and ten, left the home in north Tulsa, located at N. Lewis and east 48th Street, when the fire started. They went to a nearby neighbor’s home and called 911.

One of the boys was around the age of five and, police say, he had to carry the youngest out of the home. 

The Tulsa Fire Dept. says the guardians, the mother and grandfather, of the four children were no where to be found around 1 p.m. when they found the kids.

Later in the day, around 5 p.m., the mother was found. She told 2 Works for You that she left to get a paycheck and her father drive. She went on to say this was the first time she left the children home alone. 

Right now, Tulsa fire officials suspect that a space heater caused the flames but they are still investigating the cause.

Firefighters spoke with 2 Works for You saying that EMSA is checking on the children’s condition but so far, they seem physically fine. All four children were taken to a hospital as a precaution. The 2-year-old is being treated for smoke inhalation, while the other three were taken into emergency DHS custody. 

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