140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Saturday, July 18, 2009

7-year-old badly burned in condo fire

by: Jeffrey Wolf for more on this story go to ABC TV news, Littleton, Co.
LITTLETON,Co. - A 7-year-old boy is hospitalized at Shriners Hospital in California with serious burns on 80-percent of his body after a condo fire on Friday afternoon.

The West Metro Fire Department says the fire broke out on West Phillips Drive near Garrison Street just before 5 p.m.

Miles was taken to Swedish Hospital and later transferred to The Children's Hospital with severe burns. Later on Friday he was flown to Shriners.

The boy's mother was also hospitalized with burns to her feet and hands after pulling her son from the fire. She was released from Swedish Medical Center on Saturday.

The boy's father was flown from an army base in Missouri to be with his son Saturday morning. Dad is reporting his son is responding in a positive way to his father's presence.

"I heard her [the mother] say, 'Don't touch your skin, don't touch it, don't touch it,'" said next-door neighbor Erika Bordner. "I saw the little boy sitting there, burned pretty much from head to toe."

Bordner says the windows of the condo blew out and the flames came out of the front.

"It was one of those things that you see in the movies," Bordner said. "It was just an explosion. The front window blew out, a lot of debris and glass flew all over. I just saw the flames shooting out the side of the house and kind of up the front."

The fire was contained quickly, but West Metro Fire says it was still putting out hot spots in the evening. The condo has severe damage, according to firefighters.

A fund has been set up to help the family with medical expenses. The fund is at Wells Fargo bank in the name of Bernadette Gusich for the benefit of Logan Miles and family.
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