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Council Bluffs firefighters pull two children from burning building
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Council Bluffs firefighters pull two children from burning building

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Firefighters respond to a previous call for service, posted by Fire Chief Justin James to Facebook. Council Bluffs firefighters helped save two children from a burning house Friday night at a home on Lawton Terrace.

Council Bluffs firefighters helped two children escape a burning house Friday night.

The Council Bluffs Fire Department was dispatched to the house fire at 315 Lawton Terrace at 7:28 p.m. Friday night. Two children and one adult were in the house when the blaze started, Fire Chief Justin James said. The children were trapped inside the house, while the adult was outside.

According to a GoFundMe fundraiser post by a family member of the fire victims, a young child remains in critical condition at an Omaha hospital with burns covering 60% of his body. James said Saturday he was as yet unable to confirm those details.

James said firefighters arrived on the scene about eight or nine minutes after the call.

“Law enforcement got there right before us,” James said. “They had already gathered information and gave us an idea of where they thought the children were located.”

Firefights climbed the engine ladder up to the second story on the west side of the house to look for the children. They broke into a room through a window where the thought the children were located.

Other firefighters pulled the hose line immediately after arriving and got the fire knocked out really quick, James said.

The fundraiser post said the other child has been released from the hospital. The family member asked for support for "medical expenses, clothes, and money to help them get a new place."

The house was older and had been split into two apartments, James said. The occupants of the first floor apartment were outside when the fire began.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

- News Editor Mike Brownlee contributed to this report.

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