Shortly after 3am North Montgomery County Fire Department received a call for a house fire on Seminole Drive. Upon arrival they found two victims in the front yard that had been rescued by neighbors. , a male age 45 with second and third degree burns over 32 percent of his body. Also a female companion age 62 with burns over 40 percent of her body but mostly to the lower torso. MCHD requested PHI Air Medical and Lifeflight. Both landed at Mueller Steel Buildings just off Shepard Hill and Highway 75. The female was taken to Galveston Burn Unit and the male to Hermann Houston. The cause remains under investigation.
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UPDATE 10:15 a.m.
From the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office
Injured couple flown via helicopter,
One to Herman Hospital and one UTMB-Galveston
An early morning house fire in Arrowhead Subdivision, north of Willis, critically burned the two occupants. North Montgomery County Fire Department arrived on scene to find a wood frame home heavily engulfed in flames. The two occupants were already out of the house when fire fighters arrived, possibly with the help of neighbors. The male occupant, age 44, sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns over approximately 32% of his body and was flown to Herman Hospital in Houston. The female occupant, age 62, sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns over approximately 30 to 40% of her body and was flown to the burn center at UTMB in Galveston. It is not uncommon for burn patients from the same incident to be flown to different hospitals, depending on the availability of beds in the burn units. Both patients are listed in critical but stable condition.
Early reports are that the woman awoke to discover the home on fire and alerted the male occupant.
The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. It is not known if the home had working smoke detectors.
New Waverly Fire Department and Montgomery Fire Department assisted in this fire as well.
This brings the total fire injuries to 18 so far this year in Montgomery County, as compared to 16 injuries for all of 2009.