A boy suffered second-degree burns to half his body after a house fire broke out on Saturday evening, the Hanford Fire Department said.
Capt. Chris Ekk lives nearby and jumped in his vehicle to get to the 3100 block of N. Glacier Way around 7:53 p.m., he said. He was the first on scene and found the 12-year-old. A SkyLife helicopter was called.
The fire department initially wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday that the boy was a teen.
Paramedics arrived soon after and started life support while the helicopter landed in a park at Glacier Way and Summer Street, about a block away, according to the fire department. The boy was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
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An update on his condition was not immediately available, but Ekk said despite severe burns, he was stable and talking when he was airlifted.
The fire was described as small and contained to a bathroom, according to Ekk. The cause is still under investigation, and the department is not releasing the boy’s name at this time.
It is not known if the boy’s parents were home at the time.
Hanford police, EMS, American Ambulance paramedics and the Kings County Fire Department also assisted.