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Child Burn Victim
updated: Feb 25, 2013, 12:03 PM

Smoke showing from Las Positas. Van on fire with a 4-year-old child burn victim.

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Santa Barbara City Fire Combined Communications Center received multiple reports of a vehicle fire at 1301 Santa Teresita Drive. (02/26/13)
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A young girl reportedly suffered serious burns Monday in a vehicle fire in a foothill neighborhood above Santa Barbara. (02/26/13)
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 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 10:56 AM

I thought I heard eng. 6 say power pole.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 10:57 AM

1300 Block of Tiera Sano Ceta Drive yea yea yea I know I spelled it wrong.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 10:59 AM

Fully involved mini van with extention to the power pole and some bushes..Engine 5 on it, engine 15 staged..

 

 COMMENT 378444P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:01 AM

Santa Teresita

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:03 AM

Oh my God code 3 medics for a ped. burn victim!

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:04 AM

I think there was a child in the van..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:04 AM

The van was fully involved!!!

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:05 AM

Oh no....If you pray please pray for the kid..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:07 AM

I don't know if there was a child in the van but engine 5 code 3 m3edics ordering 4 year victim 2nd and 3rd degree burns to the face..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:08 AM

Sad poor kid!

 

 COMMENT 378456 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:15 AM

omg...2nd and 3rd degree burns...that is horrible :(

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:25 AM

Engine 15 responding to Cottege with child. 712 on scene of van fire.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:26 AM

SCE To respond to status of power pole.

 

 COMMENT 378467 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:34 AM

Oh gosh. I hope they got it wrong, and it's not as bad as the call said... So sad! Hope the kiddo is ok!

 

 COMMENT 378470 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:36 AM

Praying!

 

 COMMENT 378471 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:39 AM

Noozhawk has update.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:46 AM

Requesting SBPD Investigator to location.

 

 COMMENT 378480 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 11:48 AM

PRAYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lord Hear our Prayers!

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 12:19 PM

I said pray I didn't say to who you want to start a holy war over this go to CL..

 

 COMMENT 378495P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 12:25 PM

Details are sketchy at this point but it appears that the little girl's mother was able to get her out the van in the early stages of the fire. The van was unoccupied when firefighters arrived. The mother came out of an adjacent house carrying her injured little girl after firefighters started fighting the fire.

My thoughts are with the poor little girl.

 

 COMMENT 378507P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 12:41 PM

What I find verying interesting is that there is no mention of the driver, parents, or anyone else being in or near that vehicle. I mean, WTH?

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 12:43 PM

Poor child. Mother must be distraught. Story from Noozhawk; has pics:
http://www.noozhawk.com/article/young_child_reported_burned_in_santa_barbara_vehicle_fire/

"A 4-year-old girl suffered second- and third-degree burns to her face, Harwood said, and she was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Additional details on this incident were not immediately available."

 

 COMMENT 378514 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 12:52 PM

Looks like one hot fire! However it started, hoping for the best for them.

 

 COMMENT 378522 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 01:00 PM

The Fire Captain on scene, Chris Mailes, is a grade-A champion. Very glad he was on scene to run the show.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 01:29 PM

Engine 5 clearing the scene 715 remining on scene.

 

 COMMENT 378551 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 02:17 PM

Noozhawk now saying she was a 2-year-old! Yikes! I wonder if trying to get her out of her baby seat took extra time and that's how the extensive burns happened. :-(

 

 COMMENT 378585 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 03:37 PM

KEYT's article quotes a neighbor as saying that the 2 year old child was left alone in the vehicle and that his own wife rescued the child from the burning car. He said that he believed that the child's mother had just gone inside a nearby home.

 

 COMMENT 378597P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 04:21 PM

KEYT says the two-year-old is being transferred to the West Hills burn center. So it really is very serious. Prayers definitely in order.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 04:32 PM

Sad, NEVER LEAVE YOUR KIDS IN THE CAR!

 

 COMMENT 378642 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 06:05 PM

I wondered why my neighbor was the one carrying the child toward the firemen rather than the mother when they finally appeared. Very odd situation. It was all very strange and when the father (?) arrived he did not say anything. Perhaps was not able to communicate in the same language as the authorities on hand.

 

 COMMENT 378648 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 06:23 PM

This is an absolutely terrible example of why never to leave a child unattended in a car or anywhere! My prayers go out to the family.

 

 COMMENT 378654 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 06:50 PM

Thank goodness the car was not locked. Two wrongs made a right. Right on neighbor!

 

 TWO ABBYS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 07:53 PM

devastating

 

 COMMENT 378686 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 08:31 PM

Noozhawk article said " woman came out with the child " which seems to be they were referring to the mother. Not neighbor

2yr old, left in the car.... Don't even know why you would do that.

 

 COMMENT 378692 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 08:54 PM

Isn't it felony child abuse to leave your kid in an unattended vehicle?

 

 COMMENT 378719 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 06:52 AM

The mother was working, had no one to care for her child. So many working mothers face this dilemma. I'm assuming this mother had no idea about a few things: the laws, how to get help with her child, that her vehicle was unsafe. She had to get to work or get fired. I bet the "employer" of the mother had no clue and possibly didn't care about the mothers dilemma to make this choice. I imagine how terrible the mother feels, and how if she faces legal charges she will lose her child. Imagine how the child feels, with a memory of almost being burned alive, the suffering of the scars she'll have forever, no mother to care for her.

 

 COMMENT 378796 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 09:26 AM

My prayers go out to the family. How awful to hear of such a trajedy. I hope that the little girl is okay and pulls through.

 

 COMMENT 378891 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 01:23 PM

The mother had to get to work? meaning she was going to leave the child unattended in an unlocked car all day?
Surely there was a better arrangement than that.

 

 COMMENT 379061 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 08:23 PM

Yes 891. We don't know the details of this terrible event, but it's very common for domestic workers to bring children with them. School may not be session, the child may be ill or the parents can’t afford to pay for care that costs more than they earn while wiping the butts of the rich. When I was married to a wealthy man, his family was surrounded by "the help". Sometimes, they had to bring their little ones. A lot of these privileged "employers" think children in their home are a liability. It's also VERY psychological - they don't want to know that those who scrub their toilets are people too, with families. As the struggling single mother of a young child now, I get it. I’d make popcorn and find toys or books to help keep them busy while Mom was scrubbing sinks and Dad was cutting the lawn. But A LOT of employers will fire a worker for showing up with their child. Sometimes people just have to do what they have to do to survive. Many prayers to that little child and her family.

 

 COMMENT 379252 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-27 10:13 AM

KCOY news online has a brief update as of 1030 PM on the 26th. The employer is quoted as saying the mother worked as a caregiver for him and his wife for 8 months and he never knew she had a child. She was only in the house about five minutes. Hellish thing to happen.

 

 COMMENT 379792P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-28 09:20 AM

if you cannot facilitate proper care for a child don't have one. there's no excuse for negligent behavior when it puts a 2 yr old's life at risk.

 

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