140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Mexico fire victims headed for Sacramento

By Bob Davila bdavila@sacbee.com
Saturday, Jun. 6, 2009 - 12:22 pm

Sacramento's Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California is prepared to accept and treat child burn victims from a deadly fire on Friday at a day care center in Hermosillo, in the northern Mexican state of Sonora, hospital officials said. At least one injured child is now known to be headed for Sacramento, a 3-year-old girl with burns over 80 percent of her body.

Flames engulfed a day care center in Hermosillo, killing at least 35 children and injuring dozens as neighbors and teachers ran through thick, black smoke to pull preschoolers from the blaze, officials said.

Other injured children are still receiving emergency attention in Mexico, and doctors there are consulting with Shriners' physicians to determine who needs advanced care available here, Shriners officials said Saturday.

"We're working with medical personnel in Mexico to ensure that children who need it get emergency care," said Catherine Curran, Shriners spokeswoman.

Mexico's consul general in Sacramento said he will contact the family of the one California-bound child to offer further assistance.

"We are very grateful to the Shriners for providing this type of service to Mexican patients," Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez said.

Some children will be brought to Sacramento and others will be sent to Shriners' Cincinnati Hospital, Curran said.

The fire may have started at a tire and car warehouse Friday afternoon and spread to the neighboring ABC day care center in Hermosillo, said Jose Larrinaga, a spokesman for Sonora state investigators. But Larrinaga added that the cause of the fire and exactly where it started were still under investigation.

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