4-year-old dies, 2-year old critical after Harvey house fire

4-year-old dies, 2-year old critical after Harvey house fire

HARVEY, LA (WVUE) - One child is dead and another is in critical condition after a house fire in Harvey, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

The fire broke out at about 3:15 at 1331 Pailet Avenue.

A man who lives nearby, 60-year-old Desmond Bryan, told investigators that he saw flames coming from the back of the home and a woman screaming that her children were inside. Bryan said he tried to go in the rear and side doors but couldn't. He then kicked open the front door and crawled on the floor searching for the children.

He found one child outside of a bedroom and a second child in a nearby bedroom and dragged both of them outside.

Both children were taken to West Jefferson General Hospital. Two-year-old Johiah Brackens was transferred to Children's Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition. Four-year-old Jonathan Brackens was pronounced dead at about 5:30 p.m..

Homicide Detective Jeffrey Rodrigue spoke with the boys' mother, Darrineka Brackens, but she was unable to provide any information as to how the fire may have started.

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