10 YO girl in serious condition from smoke inhalation, officials say

Posted at 7:25 PM, Jun 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-13 11:58:34-04

TULSA - A 10-year-old girl was in serious condition Monday night and four families were displaced after a blazing inferno engulfed an apartment building in east Tulsa.

The young girl was trapped in the fire and although she didn't appear to have been burned badly, fire officials said she did inhale a lot of smoke.

EMSA said she was transported to St. Francis Hospital in "emergent" condition.

Two Works for You reporter Ashley Holt was on the scene near 11th and Garnett and talked to fire officials who told her they believed the fire began upstairs in the building.

Investigators say the fire was an accident caused by a child playing with either matches or a lighter.

The apartment building at 1303 S. 110th E. Ave., contains four units which were all ablaze as firefighters arrived about 7 p.m.

TFD says there were three kids and their grandmother inside when the fire started. There was one child unaccounted for when the department's 15 trucks came on scene.

Two Works for You spoke with a man who got to the scene before firefighters and pulled two children out of the flames. He said he couldn't reach the third child.

"I tried to save that little girl but I don't know if she's going to be ok... I'm definitely not a hero," said good Samaritan Andrew Fulton."

Fulton said when he saw the flames he felt obligated to help.

The children's grandmother was having some trouble breathing, but refused medical attention.

Stan May with the TFD called this an "accidental child involved fire..." right now, but says the investigation is far from over.

Firefighters remained on the scene monitoring hot spots.

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