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Two young girls critically burned in house fire


Covington, La. - Aaron Hebert rushed outside to find the house next door engulfed in flames.

His neighbor, Jessie Chatman was screaming in the middle of the street.

"The lady kept hollering, my kids are in there," says Hebert.

The woman was only able to grab one of her children, a little boy, as she ran out of the house.

Two little girls, a 4 and 6-year-old and their 6-year-old brother were still inside.

Hebert's son, Jeff Schurr ran into the burning home to look for the children.

"As he was making his way through the heavy smoke, he fell. When he fell the feet of the second little boy was right there and he grabbed them and started pulling," says Fire Chief Richard Badon

Schurr had the little boy in his arms, running out of the house when fire fighters arrived.

"The two girls were trapped in that back bedroom back there," says Hebert

Fire Fighters broke the bedroom window and pulled the two girls out.

6-year-old Sa'mia had burns over 70 percent of her body, while 4-year-old Joshiri was burned over 40 percent of her body. The girls were flown to a burn unit in Galveston, Texas.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation but it's believed to have started because of an electrical problem.

Investigators were also able to determine that no smoke detectors were inside of the home.

Chief Richard Badon says smoke detectors would have given the entire family a warning to get out at the first sign of a fire.

A family friend tells FOX 8, the two little girls are recovering from surgery and they're responding to their mother's voice and touch.

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