HOUSTON – A pre-dawn house fire sent eleven people to the hospital, ten of them children.
Houston Fire Department district chief James Wisnoski says a dozen people were inside when the fire started at 6818 Bacher. That’s just outside the loop in northeast Houston.
Brian Robertson says he woke up when his wife Tomica bolted awake as the house was filling up with smoke.
“I heard my kids screaming. And she was like ‘baby, baby, the house.’ So, the kids that was all in the room that was on fire, they were able to run out, but other kids were trapped in the back room. There was too much smoke. They couldn’t get out.”
Robertson says his oldest daughter and a nephew lay unconscious on the floor while he used a pole to help break open the burglar bars so the rest of the kids could get out.
“We had burglar bars on every window,” Wisnoski said. “So, fortunately, the occupants were able to get out on their own. We averted a tragedy here.”
The victims went to the hospital suffering from smoke inhalation or first-degree burns. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening from this fire that is one Memorial Day memory the Robertson family will have for a long time.