Mother, 3 children hospitalized in critical condition after Detroit fire

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit — A mother and three children were hospitalized with critical injuries Monday after a house fire on the city's west side, officials said.

The mother, 29, called at 2:07 p.m. to report the fire at the home in the 17300 block of Kentucky, according to the Detroit Fire Department.

“When they arrived on the scene they had heavy fire and they had people trapped,” said Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell.

Firefighters from Ladder 17 exit a home on the 17300 block of Kentucky Street in Detroit where three children and their mother were critically injured in a fire on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.

Fire crews rescued the woman, a 4- to 5-month-old girl, a 2- to 3-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl.

All four suffered smoke inhalation, Fornell said.

The woman and the two youngest children were intubated and in critical condition Monday night while the 5-year-old girl was in serious condition. 

Fornell said the family was using portable heaters and candles. It was not clear Monday night whether the home had a functioning furnace.

Fire investigators continue to investigate the cause of the fire.