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2 Children in critical condition after Washington Park house fire

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(KMOV) -- Two children are fighting for their lives after they were severely burned in a Metro-East house fire.
 
Flames broke out just before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday in the 5200 block of Forest in Washington Park, Illinois.
 
Two cousins, Janyla Parker and Armel Thompson, are undergoing treatment at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center. The hospital says the children are in critical condition, but are badly burned and unable to breathe on their own.
 
Twenty percent of Janyla’s body was burned by the fire and 30-percent of Armel’s body was burned.
 
“It's unbearable to see your child in so much pain and you can't do anything about it, nothing,” says Ikeshia Ware, Janyla's mother. “You just have to wait and pray and constantly have patience that they'll be alright."
 
While Janyla and Armel were trapped in the fire, Janyla’s mother was in police custody on an unrelated charge.  A 17-year-old cousin was home with the children and four others, when the fire started.
 
Bertha Thompson, Janyla and Armel's grandmother, believes someone started the fire because of an on-going dispute with a person the family knows.
  
The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate the cause of the blaze.
 

 

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