Girl, 4, in ICU after being pulled from Black Jack house fire -

Girl, 4, in ICU after being pulled from Black Jack house fire

(KMOV) -- A four-year-old girl is in the hospital after being trapped inside a fiery home in Black Jack, Missouri.
Flames erupted inside the basement of a town home in the 6800 block of Chesapeake around 10:00 p.m. on Thursday.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, heavy smoke was pouring from the home. They searched the home and found Ananda Harris, 4, unconscious on the floor of a second-story bedroom. When they picked Ananda up from the floor, firefighters saw the imprint of the girl's body on the floor; the rest of the floor was black from all of the smoke.
Firefighters pulled Ananda from the home and she was then airlifted to St. Louis Children's Hospital. She is being treated in the Intensive Care Unit.
Ananda's grandmother Yolanda Harris and two of her teenage grandchildren, Garzino Smith, 18, and Geaven Smith, 16, were also in the home at the time of the fire.
Yolanda and the two teens were able to make it out of the home unharmed. The teens had to feel their way out of the home because the smoke inside was so heavy. A family member tells News 4 that the smoke detector saved Yolanda and her grandchildren.
Battalion Chief Rob Wohldmann with the Black Jack Fire Protection District tells News 4 that the fire started in basement of the home near a couch.

Wohldmann says that County Bomb & Arson investigators are looking into this fire because of the seriousness of Ananda's injuries. So far investigators have not found anything suspicious about the fire. At this point, they believe it was accidental.




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